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Fulfilling AgeingThe Social Dimension of Older Ages

Fulfilling Ageing: The Social Dimension of Older Ages [This chapter focuses on the many factors affecting the social integration of the elderly and the psychological complexities associated with loneliness. Partners and the family are first in line as potential social factors that can contribute to elders’ well-being, but the community at large, including friends and acquaintances, can also become important, especially if direct family members are not available. Social interactions can be also negative and therefore we analyse the important issue of stigma affecting the elderly, and the various ethical issues, including those associated with the abuse of old people, that are relevant to old age. The oldest-old represent a special case as they face unique social challenges, not only due to their physical frailty, but also because at very advanced ages their peer network of social relationships weakens considerably. In multi-ethnic societies older immigrants experience specific problems of adaptation that cannot be ignored, and thus a section is also devoted to this topic. Other minorities are also important, and they may have unique needs associated with their ageing. Here we address the social issues relevant to older gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual/transgender (trans), and intersex people, and in a separate section we focus on the experience of ageing prison inmates. We conclude the chapter with an analysis of the challenges associated with caring for older people and the consequences of such care in terms of caregiver burden.]

Fulfilling AgeingThe Social Dimension of Older Ages

Part of the International Perspectives on Aging Book Series (volume 30)
Fulfilling Ageing — Jan 5, 2021

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