• Activity Monitoring for Ambient Assisted Living: the Smart Distress Monitor

      Pratesi, Alessandro; Sixsmith, Judith (CoralEurope, 2011)
    • Ageing, veterans and offending: New challenges for critical social work

      Taylor, Paul; Powell, Jason; University of Chester (Routledge, 2019-01-30)
      The relationship between ageing and the study of veterans of military service who have offended is uncharted territory. What is available to us are accounts operating in disparate areas of ageing and offending and veterans and offending. This has rich implications for ‘critical social work’ to add weight of research and theory to the significance of ageing identities of veterans for professional social work. This has challenges for the knowledge base for a critical social work given the significance of veterans’ identities and experiences.
    • The Power of Ageing in China

      Powell, Jason; Chen, Sheying; University of Chester and Pace University (China Policy Institute, 2017-10-02)
      China is on its way to becoming the top ranked superpower in the world, likely to surpass the United States in terms of stunning and perpetual economic growth. To facilitate the types of economic growth needed to both invest in and sustain its infrastructure development, urbanisation and international fortification of its power, a change was required for President Xi’s China administration to address complex yet commanding forces of populational ageing.
    • The problem of biology and anti-aging: A critical commentary

      Powell, Jason; Chen, Sheying; University of Chester; Pace University (Open Access Text, 2017-11-07)
      This year saw more anti-aging researchers talk about providing a 'cure' for aging in the next five years. Recently, this has been taken up by a number of people who could be called "anti-aging pioneers” (Powell, 2005). One of the fundamental continuities of this trend of thought, is that aging is seen as a 'decaying disease' and the perception given is that only anti-aging science can 'cure' it as a medical "problem" by its reversal. Older people are singled out for 'cure' of their aging because the human body changes shape over time (Biggs, 1999).
    • Reconstructing Social Policy and Ageing

      Powell, Jason; Halsall, Jamie; University of Chester (World Scientific News, 2015)
      This article draws from the work of Michel Foucault to reconstruct an understanding of social policy and ageing in contemporary Britain. In many ways, policy provides three trajectories for older people; first, as independent self-managing consumers with private means and resources; second, as people in need of some support to enable them to continue to self-manage and third, as dependent and unable to commit to self-management. Governmentality provides the theoretical framework through which to view policy and practice that is largely governed by discourses of personalisation.
    • Rethinking Risk and Ageing: Extending Working Lives

      Powell, Jason; Taylor, Paul J.; University of Chester (Cambridge University Press, 2016-07-04)
      This paper critically examines the development of recent policy and theoretical issues concerning the ‘extension of working lives’ for older people in the United Kingdom. It grounds its analysis in ideas from the ‘risk society’ thesis (Beck, 1992) to explore how the matrix of population ageing, job and pension changes impinge on shifting emphasis on increasing the retirement age coupled with individualizing pensions from State provision to a focus on self-responsibility via private provision. This neo-liberal re-positioning of extending work and pension policy has implications for the management of risk for older people in the UK. The paper explores the impact of population ageing on Government ideas associated with social policy relating to extending working lives. It concludes with an assessment on the lessons policy makers and social policy analysts can learn from such shifts and impact on the social construction of age.