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 Rodriguez Cabrero (University of Alcalá), Simón Sosvilla-Rivero (Complutense University of Madrid), Katrien Steenssens (KU Leuven).


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Format: Edited volume - free ebook - PDF

240 pages

ISBN: 9789461665072

Publication: April 03, 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.