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Mental Health in Later Life

Taking a Life Course Approach

By Alisoun Milne

Published

Feb 19, 2020

Page count

360 pages

ISBN

978-1447305712

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Feb 19, 2020

Page count

360 pages

ISBN

978-1447305729

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Feb 19, 2020

Page count

360 pages

ISBN

978-1447323396

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Feb 19, 2020

Page count

360 pages

ISBN

978-1447323396

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Mental Health in Later Life

Focusing on mental health rather than mental illness, this book adopts a lifecourse approach to understanding mental health and wellbeing in later life. Well-respected author and scholar Alisoun Milne explores the influences of lifecourse experiences, structural inequalities, socio-political context, history, gender and age related factors and engages with new ways of thinking about preventing mental ill health and promoting mental health in later life. Drawing together material from a number of different fields, the book analyses the meaning and determinants of mental health among older populations and offers a critical review of the lifecourse, ageing and mental health discourse for students, professionals, policy makers and researchers.

“A well-written and well-researched book that leads to conceptualizing mental health and wellness in later life through a different lens. This thoughtful book is easily accessible… it is suitable for a wider audience including students, clinicians, and policy makers.” Canadian Journal on Aging

“Mental Health in Later Life is a comprehensive body of work that challenges previous conceptualisations of “older age” by introducing the term “later life” and successfully dismisses the homogenisation of people based on age… all people working in policy, practice, research and academia will gain many insights and benefits from the wide angled lens of Professor Milne’s book.” International Journal of Ageing and Later Life

“This book successfully captures the complex and intersectional impact of personal, social and structural influences throughout the lifecourse, and their cumulative effect on mental health in later life… an especially important read for those involved in developing or implementing policy that impacts people during later life and those involved in research.” Ageing and Society

“This ambitious book offers an innovative, scholarly approach to our understanding of mental health in later life. Integrating a life course perspective with an examination of factors that compromise or support the mental well-being of older adults, the book challenges our received wisdom in terms of research, policy and practice.” Christina Victor, Brunel University London

“Milne delivers a thoughtfully considered examination of mental health and later life. She exposes the complex and varied textures of people’s lives into older age that impact well-being. A highly readable text relevant for all health and social care students and practitioners.” Mary Pat Sullivan, Nipissing University

“Professor Milne has produced an original and accessible analysis of a cutting-edge topic in later life. Definitely recommended for those learning about, researching and working for or with this population.” Mary Larkin, The Open University

“By taking a life course approach and focusing on inequalities this book makes a new and very important contribution to the literature on mental health in later life.” Toby Williamson, University of West London

“I cannot think of anyone better equipped to take on the challenge of exploring the complex topic of mental health in later life than Alisoun Milne. She combines academic knowledge and research with her roots in social work, her capacity to stimulate critical thinking and her commitment to addressing inequalities and promoting social justice.” Tom Dening, University of Nottingham

Alisoun Milne is Professor of Social Gerontology and Social Work at the University of Kent. She has a long standing practice and academic interest in mental health in later life.

Foreword by Judith Phillips

Introduction

Demography, topography and mental health problems in later life

Mental health, psychological well-being, successful ageing and quality of life

The life course, inequalities and mental health in later life

The impact of age-related risks and inequalities on mental health in later life

Socio-economic disadvantage and poverty

Abuse, mistreatment and neglect

The fourth age, frailty and transitions

The mental health and well-being of people living with dementia

Conceptualising dementia

Promotion and prevention

Conclusion