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Who Wants to Retire and Who Can Afford to Retire?

Ingrid Muenstermann

Flinders University


age profile geographic distribution disease prevalence employment and economic participation income assets wealth superannuation (age pension) pension fund volunteering workplace discrimination homelessness healthy aging diet and physical activity social exclusion difficulty to change old habits mobility relationships contribute to society residential aged care facilities lifestyle amenities aspirations of older people

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This book will be edited by a woman who has well passed the usual retirement age of 65 but is able (privileged) to still mentally and physically contribute to her chosen society (Australia); hence there is a great personal interest in the issues which are to be addressed in 'Who Wants to Retire and Who Can Afford to Retire?' According to the WHO, "Populations around the world are rapidly ageing. Ageing presents both challenges and opportunities". This book will address different aspects of older populations in different countries, their work participation, their sense of inclusion or exclusion, their bio-psychosocial wellbeing, human rights issues and their future aspirations: at what age do people actually want to retire, can financially afford to retire, and what are their hopes for that part of their lives? Since older women present the fastest growing number of homeless people in Australia (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2016), it would be interesting to find out how these results compare to other countries. The issues mentioned so far consider the personal experiences of aging populations; what are the challenges for governments to deal with the 'grey tsunami'? The Australian government provides home care assistance packages so that people can stay in their own homes and residential age care is evaded as long as possible. The Australian government also provides a safety net, welfare payments for those who have not contributed enough to their superannuation fund to live independently. Considering older people, the attitudes of the general population also need to be considered; the blaming game includes older people stealing jobs, they are using too many health care resources, and they are a burden (financially and otherwise) to society. This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current world-wide state of affairs.

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Date completed: November 27th 2019

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Deadline for full chapters: May 23rd 2020

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Review results due: August 11th 2020

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Expected publication date: October 10th 2020

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About the editor

Ingrid Muenstermann

Flinders University

Dr. Ingrid Muenstermann is a retired social scientist / sociologist, affiliated with Flinders University of South Australia. She currently teaches 'Contemporary Health Issues in Australia'. At present she is also involved in a joint research project in relation to the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes (Flinders University of South Australia and Technische University Dresden, TUMAINI Institut, Germany). Before becoming an academic, Ingrid was employed in several secretarial positions in Germany and in Australia. After migrating to Australia, she undertook university studies on a part-time basis and was awarded a PhD in 1997. Between 2004 and 2013, she was an academic at Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, Australia, teaching health sociology. Her research interests vary: she started with an interest in immigration and multiculturalism; health and mental health were her next areas of interest, followed by rural issues, the environment and renewable energy. In the past, Ingrid has written several articles on these topics and has edited three books: 'Some personal stories of German immigration to Australia since 1945' (2015), 'People’s movements in the 21st Century – Risks, challenges and benefits' (2017), and 'Social responsibilities' (2018).

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