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The new science of ageing$
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Alan Walker

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314660

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314660.001.0001

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Participation and social connectivity

Participation and social connectivity

(p.181) Six Participation and social connectivity
The new science of ageing

Penny Vera-Sanso

Armando Barrientos

Leela Damodaran

Kenneth Gilhooly

Anna Goulding

Catherine Hennessy

Robin Means

Michael Murray

Andrew Newman

Wendy Olphert

Jatinder Sandhu

Philip Tew

Janice L. Thompson

Christina Victor

Nigel Walford

Policy Press

This chapter presents a comprehensive introduction to the major gerontological topic of participation and social connectivity based on eleven separate NDA projects. Looking at Brazil, India, and South Africa, the chapter begins with a summary of the critical importance of participation to health and well-being in later life. It challenges negative stereotypes of ageing and older people, such as declining participation. It shows that older people do participate and are often tenacious in this but they are often confronted with multiple barriers that prevent them from doing so. The chapter concludes by citing examples on how to improve meaningful participation in later life, which ranges from community arts to literature.

Keywords:   declining participation, old people, Brazil, India, South Africa, NDA, later life

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