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Martin Kohli & Harald Künemund

In: The SAGE Handbook of Aging, Work and Society

Chapter 20: The Social Connections of Older Europeans

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The Social Connections of Older Europeans
The social connections of older Europeans
MartinKohli and HaraldKünemund

Social connections operate at different levels. There are connections between individuals and society at large, for example, feelings of attachment to and participation in communities and nation-states. There are connections within organizations, from firms, unions, parties or churches to clubs, associations or self-organized initiatives. And there are connections at the interpersonal level: communications among family members, friends, neighbours or colleagues – face-to-face, by phone, mail or e-mail or in virtual social networks on the internet – and the exchanges of services and support that go along with them.

As societies age, increasing numbers and proportions of older people may be in need of such support. On the other hand, the elderly may also ...

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