By Kate O'Loughlin, Colette Browning, Hal Kendig
This stimulating quantity examines the various faces of Australia’s getting older inhabitants, the social and well-being matters they deal with, and the stairs being taken—and many who could be taken—to aid make certain a extra confident and effective later lifestyles. person and societal getting old are conceptualized as developmental in nature, socially various, and marked by means of way of life demanding situations stemming from the country’s fiscal constructions, attitudes, geography, political panorama, and infrastructure. Wide-ranging assurance (e.g., future health, inequalities, employment, transportation) assesses suggestions to be had to older humans, and the function of households, employers, provider services, executive enterprises, and others in selling or increasing these offerings. The book’s double emphasis on demanding situations in older people’s lives and possibilities for reinforcing their caliber of lifestyles is on transparent demonstrate as case experiences study coverage issues—and suggest solutions—in a societal and person context.
Included within the coverage:
· Australian advancements in growing old: concerns and history.
· Cultural variety, overall healthiness, and ageing.
· Indigenous Australians and growing older: responding to variety in coverage and practice.
· improving the future health and employment participation of older workers.
· Housing and the environments of ageing.
· overall healthiness providers and take care of older people.
The wealthy examples in Ageing in Australia include a intensity of realizing and facts for sociologists, gerontologists and psychologists learning getting old, wellbeing and fitness care execs supplying care to older humans, and coverage analysts assessing parts for improvement.
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Extra resources for Ageing in Australia: Challenges and Opportunities
So what do we know about intergenerational attitudes towards the differing opportunities afforded to younger and older generations in Australia? A national study by Kendig et al. (2015) investigated the age and generational differences in attitudes towards Australia’s baby boomers held by generations both younger and older than the boomers. The data came from the 2009 Australian Survey of Social Attitudes, a biennial national mail out survey of Australians aged 18 years and over (N = 1525). The purpose of the study was to provide evidence of the social treatment of older people, cohort equity and the views of different generations towards Australia’s baby boomers who might be viewed as a ‘privileged’ cohort (see Chap.
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Third, with labour force shortages and government austerity looming for decades ahead, there are strong structural and political forces driving demands for more contributions during later life. Improving attitudes is central to addressing outdated practices and beliefs, which still present formidable barriers in adjusting to an ageing Australia. 2 Formation of Attitudes In social psychological terms, an attitude refers to a range of emotions, beliefs and behaviours that we have about or towards people, objects or events (Vaughan and Hogg 2013).