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Successful and Healthy Ageing Among Australian Men

The social-psychological indicators of involvement, satisfaction, autonomy, integration and creativity will be discussed in this chapter. It will be argued that successful ageing is the broader concept, so healthy ageing will be presented as a subset of successful ageing. However, the impact of the relationship between social-psychological and mental-physical wellbeing varies considerably among individuals. This chapter will examine four themes:

  • Who are older Australian men?
  • What gender variations are there in ageing?
  • Who is winning and losing in the quest to achieve the indicators of successful ageing?
  • What are the implications for health and community professionals?

Contents include

  • Introduction
  • Identifying older Australian men
  • Gender variations
    • Socialising and societal attitudes
    • Social interaction
    • Biological variations
    • Work-leisure transition
  • The indications of successful and healthy ageing: winning and losing
    • Successful ageing- indicators
      • Security
      • Involvement
      • Satisfaction
      • Autonomy
      • Integration
      • Creativity
    • Variations in achieving the indicators of successful ageing
    • Danger signals approaching retirement
    • Strategies that people use to compensate for a loss of activities and interactions
    • Forms of social loss
    • Suggestions for ways in which men might age successfully
  • Implications for health and community care professionals
    • Awareness of social/health need patterns
    • The emerging wave
  • Conclusion
  • A successful Ageing Vision Plan for men
  • Bibliography
  • Personal communication
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Author / Editor Biographies

BA (Media).
Richard Earle is a Bachelor of Arts graduate of the University of South Australia where he majored in media studies and community development (social policy) and completed a specialisation in communications. He has served as a university student president, branch director, activities officer, recreation officer, Media Relations Research Officer for Australia's National Seniors Association and a public relations coordinator in private and government sectors.
BEd, Dip (Teaching), MEd and Mpsych.
Tony Earle holds masters degrees in sociology (social psychology) and education (curriculum management) from the University of Missouri - Columbia, together with a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching. His knowledge, speaking expertise and exceptional analytical skills have been sought locally and overseas by professional associations. His experiences include employment as a teacher, deputy principal and principal in schools and as a university lecturer.
BA, MA, DipTchg (Primary), Dip (Speech and Drama), Med and PhD.
As a gerontologist, Dr Leon Earle is highly respected both locally and internationally. He has provided policy advice to governments around the world and received awards for his programs, scholarship and professional addresses. Dr Earle has been responsible for the preservice, inservice and professional development training of thousands of people in the aged and human service fields in his role as a consultant, visiting international scholar and a member of the professional staff at both the University of South Australia and the Northern Territory University. Dr Earle was commissioned by the M...

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