Aging in European Societies

Healthy Aging in Europe

  • Constantinos Phellas

Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Phellas Constantinos
    Pages 1-7
  3. Katrin Claßen, Laura I. Schmidt, Hans-Werner Wahl
    Pages 33-46
  4. Constança Paúl, Laetitia Teixeira, Oscar Ribeiro
    Pages 83-96
  5. Ana Diaz-Ponce, Suzanne Cahill
    Pages 97-115
  6. Dorly J. H. Deeg, Martijn Huisman, Caroline B. Terwee, Hannie C. Comijs, G. C. Fleur Thomese, Marjolein Visser
    Pages 117-132
  7. Carlos Chiatti, Maria Gabriella Melchiorre, Mirko Di Rosa, Andrea Principi, Sara Santini, Hanneli Döhner et al.
    Pages 133-150
  8. Elli Ioannidi, Elizabeth Mestheneos
    Pages 151-161
  9. Howard Litwin, Kimberly J. Stoeckel
    Pages 177-190
  10. Christiana Kouta, Charis Kaite
    Pages 205-220
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 277-277

About this book


Between longer life expectancies and declining birth rates, Europe’s elder population is growing into a sizable minority with considerable impact on nations, health systems, and economies—in other words, global implications as well as local and regional ones. Those investing in the health of older adults need a double perspective: the social and clinical complexity of aging and the larger forces shaping these experiences. Aging in European Societies examines aging trends across the continent, analyzing individual and collective variables that affect the lives of older adults, and drawing salient comparisons with other parts of the world. An interdisciplinary panel of experts provides theory, research, and empirical findings (with examples from the UK, Cyprus, Sweden, and others) in key areas such as family and social supports, physical and cognitive changes, dependence and autonomy issues, and living arrangements. The book’s wide-net approach offers insights into not only aging, but aging well. And of particular importance, it details approaches to defining and measuring the elusive but crucial concept, quality of life. Included in the coverage: The potential for technology to improve elders’ quality of life. Dementia and quality of life issues. Changes in functional ability with aging and over time. Family networks and supports in older age. Factors influencing inequalities in quality of life. Late-life learning in the E.U. Gerontologists, sociologists, health and cross-cultural psychologists, and public health policymakers will welcome Aging in European Societies as a springboard toward continued discussion, new directions for research, and improvements in policy and practice.


Aging Aging in Europe Comparative aging Demography European health care Gerontology Healthy aging Population growth Quality of life Social policy Support networks

Editors and affiliations

  • Constantinos Phellas
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus

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