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Longevity: Sociological perspectives on health, illness and service provision

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Edited by Pauline Savy, Anne-Maree Sawyer and Jeni Warburton

Published: 2014
ISBN: 978-1-921980-25-1
Pages: 76


This special issue of Health Sociology Review examines the possibility and actuality of living to very old age. In our times, cultural discourses to do with maintaining health and independence for as long as possible pervade social policy and the personal narratives of ageing. Sociologically, these raise interesting, and often contentious, questions about the role of structural support systems, the delivery of appropriate health care, and the phenomenological experience of ageing and dealing with frailty and decline.

Theoretical and empirical submissions contribute to sociological discussion and analysis from across relevant disciplines within Australia and overseas - providing insight and critical discussion of a broad range of topics relevant to the health of aged persons - for example, immediate health matters as experienced by individuals and particular groups through accounts of the lived experiences of ageing, managing health problems and negotiating health care. Articles focus on or incorporate critical analysis of policy, the work of health care professionals and wider social factors such as access and equity in service provision - as well as showcase and advance methodologies used in researching the health and illness experiences of old individuals whose lives are significantly compromised by illness. Topics include:

  • Ageing and health of particular groups eg Indigenous, migrant, gendered groups, rural and remote populations
  • Evaluation of specific care provision and levels eg acute hospital care, community care, long-term care and health promotion programs
  • The ageing body, decline, dying and death
  • Health and illness in the oldest generation
  • Ageing and medicalisation
  • Dementia
  • Living with common and chronic conditions including psychiatric conditions
  • Family relationships in old age and ill health
  • Professionalisation and specialisation, for example, changing role boundaries in aged care, workforce situations and impacts
  • Social, structural factors that promote or oppose longevity and wellness

Table of Contents

Introduction: Longevity and sociology
– Pauline Savy, Anne-Maree Sawyer and Jeni Warburton

Frailty, abjection and the ‘othering’ of the fourth age
– Paul Higgs and Chris Gilleard

Vital scientific puzzle or lived uncertainty? Professional and lived approaches to the uncertainties of ageing with HIV
– Dana Rosenfeld, Damien Ridge, Genevieve Von Lob and on behalf of the HIV and Later Life Team

Nurturing longevity: Sociological constructions of ageing, care and the body
– Michael Fine

‘Ageing-in-place’: Frontline experiences of intergenerational family carers of people with dementia
– Anthea Vreugdenhil

Intergenerational solidarity: An investigation of attitudes towards the responsibility for formal and informal elder care in Australia
– Suzanne Hodgkin

Workforce utilization in three continuing care facilities
– Esther Suter, Siegrid Deutschlander, Edward Makwarimba, Amanda Wilhelm, Karen Jackson and Sandra Woodhead Lyons

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