The ageing of the population has enormous implications for the provision of, and access to, health care. Christina Victor's important textbook provides comprehensive overview of the experiences of older people, chapters on physical health, mental health, disability and lifestyle, a thesis of current policy developments, the key debates on the future health of elders and an international, up-to-date perspective.
Written by a leader in the field, the book covers key questions such as the fitness of future older people, the widening inequalities in their health and whether health in old age is related to habits and behaviour in earlier life.
"An extremely insightful and thought-provoking book, presenting a wide range of relevant issues for consideration to help the reader more fully appreciate the helath and social care dynamics of ageing." Richard Bryant-Jefferies, CNWL NHS Foundation Trust
"As a text that can be read as a whole or picked off in chunks, this is a good primer in the gerontological library." Age & Ageing
"A comprehensive overview of the key questions concerning healthy ageing ... this book is ideal for professionals and academics who have not previously worked on the subject and want to get a first introduction." International Journal of Integrated Care
"[Ageing, health and care] offers an excellent in-depth examination of the health of the elderly in Great Britain with some international comparisons." International Journal of Ageing and Later Life
"Professor Victor's book is highly readable and informative about the different models of health. It contains a wealth of fascinating material, from the types of health-related data collected in early censuses to the emergence of anti-ageing medicine. She also uses examples from research to illustrate and enliven key points throughout. There are useful exercises for postgraduate students, as well as key websites. This is an important contribution to the literature in gerontology. " Ann Bowling, Department of Primary Care and Population Health, University College London Medical School
"Christina Victor's authoritative text on ageing and health digs deep into the meaning and challenges of old age. It is essential reading for practitioners as well as gerontological specialists." Professor Fiona Ross, Dean, Faculty of Health & Social Care Sciences, Kingston University and St George's, University of London
"This is an informative, accessible and essential reader and study guide for anyone with an interest in ageing: gerontologists, health and social care professionals, managers, policy makers, academics and researchers." Brenda Roe, Professor of Health Research, Edge Hill University
CHRISTINA R. VICTOR is Professor of Gerontology and Public Health and Director for Health Ageing in the Brunel Institute for Ageing Studies at Brunel University, West London, and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. Her main research interests are in the areas of ageing and later life, including health status, social networks and social relationships, loneliness and isolation, and the ageing of minority communities. Her most recent book, The social world of older people, co-authored with Sasha Scambler and John Bond, was published by Open University Press in 2008.
Introduction: perspectives on ageing, health and care; Introduction to the key concepts; Health and mortality; Chronic disease and disability; Mental health and psychological well-being; Consumption and health; Responding to needs: provision and utilisation of services; Health in the future.