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The Future of Ageing in Europe

Making an Asset of Longevity

  • Alan Walker


  • Brings together for the first time all of the major policy challenges of ageing in one volume, making this text the key point of reference for anyone interested in the future of ageing in Europe, from students to policy makers

  • Features contributions from the leading researchers in the field

  • Foregrounds the current consequences of population ageing and provides a collective framework for future policy change

  • Uses cutting-edge scientific approaches to investigate later life from multiple disciplinary perspectives


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Alan Walker
    Pages 1-28
  3. Alan Walker, Asghar Zaidi
    Pages 29-52
  4. Tarmo Johannes Valkonen, Mikkel Christoffer Barslund
    Pages 53-77
  5. Theo Nijman, Arthur van Soest
    Pages 79-106
  6. Gerhard Naegele, Jürgen Bauknecht
    Pages 107-142
  7. Dorly J. H. Deeg, Marie-Louise Boertje, Henrike Galenkamp
    Pages 143-176
  8. Sebastian Merkel, Rolf G. Heinze, Josef Hilbert, Gerhard Naegele
    Pages 217-253
  9. Katharine Schulmann, Monika Reichert, Kai Leichsenring
    Pages 255-286
  10. Alan Walker
    Pages 309-328

About this book


This book provides the most comprehensive analysis available of the challenges created by Europe’s ageing population. Grounded in state-of-the-art scientific assessments by leading European researchers, the book is strongly policy focused. Indeed this book contains a detailed account of the policies required across a broad field, from economic sustainability and extending working lives, to healthy ageing, technological innovation, long term care and political citizenship, for the successful adaptation to the challenges of ageing in Europe and globally. It is a policy manifesto to ensure that the future of ageing in Europe is transformed into a highly beneficial one for both citizens and societies.


gerontology social policy Ageing and society European studies Population Dynamics ICT's Digital health biogerontology welfare systems health care inter-generational relations Sustainable Pensions gerontocracy

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan Walker
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociological StudiesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

About the editors

Alan Walker is Professor of Social Policy and Social Gerontology at the University of Sheffield, UK. He has been researching and writing on aspects of ageing and social policy for more than 40 years. He has directed several major national and European research programmes and projects. In 2007 he was given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both the Social Policy Association and the British Society of Gerontology. In 2011 he was awarded the European Association of Gerontology’s first Medal and Honorary Diploma for Advances in Gerontology and Geriatrics (Social and Behavioural Sciences). He was the Economic and Social Research Councils’ first Impact Champion in 2013, was appointed CBE for Services to Social Science in 2014, and made a Fellow of the Gerontology Society of American in 2016.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Future of Ageing in Europe
  • Book Subtitle Making an Asset of Longevity
  • Editors Alan Walker
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-1416-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-1417-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 328
  • Number of Illustrations 26 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Aging
    Social Policy
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“A ‘must-read’ for active politicians and policymakers. … The Future of Ageing in Europe. Making an Asset of Longevity is organised in a different way. The reader will find that it covers a variety of, often unrelated, fields. … The book is full of prognoses and predictions grounded in current knowledge and research. The research results are presented clearly and are well summarised in tables and charts, which enable reader easily to familiarise themselves with the presented data and results.” (Radosław Mędrzycki, European Journal of Social Security, Vol. 21 (4), 2019)