Handbook of Active Ageing and Quality of Life: From Concepts to Applications (International Handbooks of Quality-Of-Life) (Hardcover)
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This handbook presents an overview of studies on the relationship of active ageing and quality of life. It addresses the new challenges of ageing from the paradigm of positive ageing (active, healthy and successful) for a better quality of life. It provides theoretical perspectives and empirical studies, including scientific knowledge as well as practical experiences about the good ageing and the quality of later life around the world, in order to respond to the challenges of an aged population. The handbook is structured in 4 sections covering theoretical and conceptual perspectives, social policy issues and research agenda, methods, measurement instrument-scales and evaluations, and lastly application studies including domains and geographical contexts.
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About the Author
Fermina Rojo-Perez is a Research Scientist at the Institute of Economics, Geography and Demography (IEGD), in the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain. She carries out her work in the Research Group on Ageing (GIE-CSIC) and belongs to the Spanish Research Group on Quality of Life and Ageing (CSIC and ISCIII) as a multidisciplinary net. The domains related to age-friendly settings and living conditions, as facilitators or inhibitors for an active ageing with quality of life, are among its priority research topics, approached through quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodology, and from a scientific and lay-perspectives. She has coordinated several research projects and networks on active ageing, and participates in projects on the topic of interest. Currently, she is involved in research on social and gerontological aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic in older people living in different residential environments (family home, long-term care settings). Other line of research deals with the age-friendly communities and its domains, focusing on the social inclusion to deepen into the stereotypes of old age. She belongs to several scientific societies (AGE, SEGG, ISQOLS), disseminates her research in monographs and in scientific journals of impact, and has been a co-partner, jointly with the research groups, of various awards. Gloria Fernandez-Mayoralas holds a PhD in Human Geography by Complutense University at Madrid. She is a Research Scientist at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), where she directed the Institute of Economics, Geography and Demography (IEGD) between 2011 and 2019. She works in the field of population studies, focusing on living conditions, wellbeing, and quality of life in old age, particularly on health conditions and physical and social environments for an active ageing. Dr. Fernandez-Mayoralas belongs to the Research Group on Ageing (GIE-CSIC) and is also involved in the Spanish Research Group on Quality of Life and Ageing, a multidisciplinary network between CSIC and the Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII) for the study of active ageing and quality of life of older adults living in different residential contexts. From 2016 to 2022 she is coordinating the Program "Active Ageing, Quality of Life and Gender" (ENCAGE-CM), a research consortium forms by CSIC, ISCIII, public and private universities, companies providing health and social services, and Third Sector and Civil Society Organizations.