Silver Empowerment

Fostering Strengths and Connections for an Age-Friendly Society

Edited by Jasper De Witte and Tine Van Regenmortel

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The strengths and opportunities of ageing and the ageing population.

Silver empowerment is a valuable paradigm to improve care and support systems for older persons. It aims to counteract the dominant image of ageing, which is all too often one of decline, dependency and vulnerability, and rather sees ageing and the ageing population as a challenge that opens up new opportunities. By focusing on the strengths and connections of older persons, silver empowerment strives for an inclusive, age-friendly society that will allow everyone to grow old with dignity and meaning. In this book, leading academics from a variety of disciplines discuss ways to enhance the empowerment of older persons in practice. Covering a wide range of topics such as resilience, loneliness, community-based care, the interplay between formal and informal care, the inclusion of older persons’ perspectives in research and care, and empowering policy, Silver Empowerment is of interest to academics, policy makers and practitioners interested in empowerment and care and support systems for older persons.

Contributors: Jasper De Witte (KU Leuven), Tine Van Regenmortel (KU Leuven / Tilburg University), Leen Heylen (Thomas More), Benedicte De Koker (HOGENT), Dimitri Mortelmans (University of Antwerp), Anja Declercq (KU Leuven), Elena Bendien (Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing), Susan Woelders (Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing), Tineke Abma (Leiden University Medical Center / Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing), Meriam Janssen (Tilburg University), Katrien Luijkx (Tilburg University), Aukelien Scheffelaar (Tilburg University), Annerieke Stoop (Tilburg University), Jozef Pacolet (KU Leuven), Gregorio Rodríguez Cabrero (University of Alcalá), Simón Sosvilla-Rivero (Complutense University of Madrid), Katrien Steenssens (KU Leuven).

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An introduction to Silver Empowerment 
Jasper De Witte & Tine Van Regenmortel

Chapter 1. An empowerment perspective on older persons: The power of resilience
Tine Van Regenmortel & Jasper De Witte

Chapter 2. The economic cost of the loneliness of older persons 
Jozef Pacolet, Gregorio Rodríguez Cabrero, Simón Sosvilla-Rivero

Chapter 3. An empowerment perspective on loneliness among older persons
Jasper De Witte & Tine Van Regenmortel

Chapter 4. The importance of neighbourhood-oriented care for the quality of life and empowerment of older persons 
Leen Heylen

Chapter 5. An interplay of formal and informal care : Strengths and challenges from an empowerment perspective 
Benedicte De Koker, Leen Heylen, Dimitri Mortelmans & Anja Declercq

Chapter 6. Merits of critical moments of disempowerment : Iterative practices of empowerment and disempowerment during participatory action research with older persons as co-researchers 
Elena Bendien, Susan Woelders, Tineke Abma

Chapter 7. Enhancing person-centred care to enable older persons to be involved in long-term care 
M.M. Janssen, K.G. Luijkx, A. Scheffelaar, A. Stoop

Chapter 8. Silver Empowerment: Towards empowering policy, practice and research 
Katrien Steenssens, Tine Van Regenmortel & Jasper De Witte

Tine Van Regenmortel & Jasper De Witte

About the authors

Format: Edited volume - free ebook - PDF

240 pages

ISBN: 9789461665072

Publication: February 27, 2023

Languages: English


Jasper De Witte holds a PhD in sociology and is a research expert on inclusion and care for socially vulnerable groups at HIVA KU Leuven.
Tine Van Regenmortel holds a PhD in psychology and is professor in social work at KU Leuven and Tilburg University. She is head of the research group Social and Economic Policy & Social Inclusion at HIVA KU Leuven and leads the Academic Collaborative Centre Social Work at Tranzo, Tilburg University.