What is the key to positive and successful ageing? How can society best provide for our greying population?
“Understanding the process of ageing is not only important for individuals but also for societies and nations if the full potential of those entering later life is to be realised," Professor Pachana said.
“Increased lifespans in the developed and the developing world have created an urgent need to find ways to enhance our functioning and wellbeing in the later decades of life.
“This needs to be reflected in government policies and action plans addressing our ageing populations.
“The continuing participation of older adults in the social, economic, cultural, spiritual and civic affairs of their communities is crucial.”
Professor Pachana’s book discusses recent innovations in professional care of older adults.
“Across the globe we’re just starting to make advancements in the provision for our ageing citizens,” Professor Pachana said.
“There are revolutionary models of nursing home care being put forward, such as the communal Green House nursing homes in the USA and the Small Group Living homes for people with dementia in the Netherlands.”
Professor Pachana is co-founder and co-director of the UQ Ageing Mind Initiative, which promotes ageing research and translation into policy and practice.
Ageing: A Very Short Introduction is part of the Oxford University Press Very Short Introduction series of titles.