Active Ageing


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Social Exclusion in Later Life

Social exclusion in later life is a multifaceted social problem with substantial disruptive consequences for individuals and society. One aspect of social exclusion is the exclusion from social relations, which is the key focus of this project. Being socially connected is a universal basic human need; key to the development of infants, and important throughout the life course. However, a substantial proportion of older adults are socially excluded and lack the essential social connection necessary for a healthy and happy life. Social exclusion may have its roots in early life, but patterns of social exclusion over the life course may well be different for men and women. Scientific knowledge of the gendered pattern of exclusion from social relations is scattered and policies to reduce the inequalities limited in effectiveness. The proposed project aims to analyse gender differences in the construction and consequences of exclusion from social relations across European countries, and its consequences for health and wellbeing. Findings will be used to inform the scientific debate about social exclusion, and to inform policies to reduce exclusion from social relations in older men and women. 

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The Fourth Age: The Identity of Disability during the Period of Active Ageing

The project brings new observations to the topic of ageing, specifically the fourth age and active ageing. It examines the fourth-age population and tries to understand the experience of advanced age, an experience influenced the new demographic regime, socio-political context, and economic context, as well as the dominant concept of active ageing. The fourth age is studied as a specific life stage, definable not only on the basis of chronological age, but determined above all socially and individually. The project makes use of publicly available sources of data, including panel data (Czech Bureau of Statistics and SHARE), supplemented by qualitative interviews. The qualitative part especially captures the transition to fourth age and the associated changes in identity. The project is innovative because it explores the possibilities for social research on the fourth age population, and the topic of the fourth age itself is handled, but from the perspective of sociology, not from standpoint of health and social care.

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Role Overload in Active Agers

The project brings new observations to the topic of ageing, specifically the fourth age and active ageing. It examines the fourth-age population and tries to understand the experience of advanced age, an experience influenced the new demographic regime, socio-political context, and economic context, as well as the dominant concept of active ageing. The fourth age is studied as a specific life stage, definable not only on the basis of chronological age, but determined above all socially and individually. The project makes use of publicly available sources of data, including panel data (Czech Bureau of Statistics and SHARE), supplemented by qualitative interviews. The qualitative part especially captures the transition to fourth age and the associated changes in identity. The project is innovative because it explores the possibilities for social research on the fourth age population, and the topic of the fourth age itself is handled, but from the perspective of sociology, not from the standpoint of health and social care.

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Total number of publications: 70


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