Contents: Introduction/Ishwar Modi. I. International perspectives: 1. The United Nations and ageing/Yogesh Atal. 2. Cross-culturally comparative structural constraints affecting the social aspects of aging/A.L. Sinikka Dixon. 3. Centenarians in France, Georgia, Hungary and Sweden: social characteristics/Gillis Samuelsson, Mary Ann Johnson and Michel Allard. 4. Discourses, voices and visions on aging in Mexico city/Veronica Montes de Oca. 5. Uniqueness of the Israeli over 70 age group/Debra Markus. 6. Demography of ageing and pattern of old age security in Bangaldesh/Ripter Hossain. 7. Changing family networks and relationships in two Swiss Cohorts of elderly (1979-1994)/Nathalie Vollenwyder, Jean Francois Bickel, Christian Lalive d’Epinay and Carole Maystre. 8. Family and community care for elderly people in Spain/Maria-Teresa Bazo. 9. Community care and social support for older persons in UK, USA and China: an international perspective/Sheying Chen and Yuhwa Eva Lu. 10. Social Isolation, loneliness, and the health of older adults in Manitoba, Canada/Betty Havens and Madelyn Hall. 11. Successful aging-dependent on cultural and social capital? Reflections from Finland/Marjatta Marin. 12. Ageism at school: images and stereotypes of ageing and the old age in Argentina/Liliana Gastron, Haydee Andres and Jorge Vujosevich. 13. Coping in old age: considerations from the point of view of case studies from Brazil/Lucia Rabello de Castro and G. Rabello de Castro. 14. The forgotten majority: images of older women and their lives in Italy/Isabella Paoletti. 15. Reconstructing life after a death: psychological adaptation and social role transition in the medium and long term for older widowed men and women in the UK/Kate Davidson. 16. The assessment of functional fitness and attitudes towards physical fitness of Greek elderly people/Chris N. Kabitsis and Yuonne S. Harahousou. 17. The global ecology and the older adult in the 21century: senior involvement in sustainability achievement/Carl D. Ekstrom, Stanley R. Ingman and Thomas Benjamin. II. Indian perspectives: 18. Population ageing in India: demographic and health dimensions/Rahul Dev Bhawsar. 19. Integration of strategies for the care of older persons: a cross cultural study/Damodaran Sivakumar. 20. Integenerational issues in elder care/D. Jamuna. 21. Intergenerational households of Indian-Americans: the elder’s experience/Ramaa Prasad and Sally Bould. 22. Instiutional care of the aged/Pushpa Mary Rani. 23. Life satisfaction among institutionalised and non-institutionalised elderly/Rajan Gaur and Amarjot Kaur. 24. Institutionalisation of elderly and quality of life/P.V. Ramamurti. 25. On being old and female: some issues in quality of life of elderly women in India/Indira Jai Prakash. 26. Personality characteristics of working and retired aged people/B.K. Choudhary, Sushil Jha and K.P. Krishna. 27. Elderly and the community mental health/S.K. Verma and Ashima Nehru. 28. Role adjustment and status of aged: a case study of Bengali population of Meghalaya/Mrinmayi Banerjee and Deepak Tyagi. 29. Influence of the old on the perspectives of the young on human life/Joni C. Joseph. 30. Leisure time activities and Indian elderly/N.K. Chadha and M. Easwaramoorthy. 31. Sex differences in psycho-physical effects of psychotropic drugs among the elderly/Ghizala Khan and Akbar Husain. 32. Euthanasia and psychiatry/A. Venkoba Rao. 33. Death, dying and living/R.S. Bhatnagar.
"Ageing of global society and its impact on human development is a major concern of the twenty-first century. More than any other social phenomenon, ageing, in its varied ramifications, particularly its socio-psychological dimensions, have acquired unprecedented significance both nationally and internationally.
This compendium on ageing is an outcome of the academic euphoria generated by the UN International Year of Older persons (1999) and reflects voices and visions of scholars focussing their attention, analysis and discourses on as many as 19 countries across the globe.
Cogently argued essays, based on primary as well as secondary data, provide a valuable framework to assess the problems and the status of elderly in a global cross-cultural perspective, making the book a worthy source material not only for sociologists, psychologists, gerontologists and social work scholars but also the NGOs working in the field." (jacket)