Special Issue "Social Determinants of Health and Population Ageing"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.
Interests: population ageing; older people; citizen science; physical activity; health services research; qualitative; applied ethics
Interests: Social determinants of health; qualitative longitudinal research; sexual health; HIV social research; participatory research
Interests: Social determinants of health; health inequalities; qualtiative research; HIV social research; community and primary care
People are living longer, with the pace of population ageing occurring much faster than has been seen previously. Worldwide, population ageing has emerged as the biggest demographic shift1 of the early 21st century and one of the most pressing global challenges. Older people must rely on good health and a supportive social environment if they, and society-at-large, are to prosper. Recognising this, the WHO World Report on Ageing and Health2 identifies and defines “healthy ageing” as “the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well-being in older age.” Functional ability is determined by the individual’s physical, mental, and psychosocial capacities, and the physical, social, and policy environment in which they live. In short, health ageing occurs through interactions between individuals and the broader social, cultural, and historical determinants of health.
Using a life-course lens, health and well-being is shaped by particular times and places, intersections between historical events, personal biography, social and community ties, and broader structural and social determinants of health. Across a life course, these conditions can give rise to unfair and avoidable differences in health status that effectively determines healthy ageing. However, despite increasing recognition of the cumulative role that social determinants play across a life course, limited research has examined healthy ageing through this lens, with much of the current literature embedded within an individualised discourse.
This Special Issue welcomes studies and reviews on bringing together the intersections between the social determinants of health and population ageing. Research exploring these intersections includes life-course perspectives on the role of social determinants of health and the cumulative impact on the health and experiences of health inequalities for older people. Studies exploring intersections between older people and the social determinants of health (e.g., gender, work and job security, food supply, social relationships or social support, and income) are encouraged. Equally, examinations of ageing in place, and/or considerations of urban development (healthy physical environments, age-friendly environments, housing, and transportation) and older people, and how these may operate as interventions or policies for reducing age related health inequities, are invited. We also welcome research that considers diverse voices that extend beyond the western lens, along with those population groups of older people who experience marginalization and/or social exclusion.
This Special Issue will provide readers with up-to-date information on the social determinants of ageing, with the aim of providing a critical contribution to the expanding body of literature on healthy ageing.
1Palmarini, N., Zinck, S., Hoover, M., Ewell, S. (2016). Outthink Aging. Explore the challenges and opportunities created by an aging society. IBM Accessibility Research. Accessed 10th July, 2017 from https://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?htmlfid=RSM12348USEN
2WHO. (2015). World report on ageing and health. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization. Retrieved from http:// www.who.int/ageing/publications/world-report-2015/en/
Dr. Anthony G. Tuckett
Dr. Lisa Fitzgerald
Dr. Allyson Mutch
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- Social determinants of health
- Health inequity
- Population ageing
- Older people
- Urban development
- Physical environment
- Aged-friendly environment
- Food supply
- Social relationship
- Social support