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The challenge of ageing in tomorrow's Britain

Ageing and Society

Author: Bernard, M., Phillips, J.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2000


Some 50 years after the creation of the welfare state and at the start Of the new millennium, this paper considers the current and future status of older people in Britain. It argues that as the population ages, the situation of older people is becoming an increasingly important element in social policy debates. The first half of the paper critically reviews developments over the last five decades, emphasising the salience of accommodation issues during this period. In the light of recent initiatives such as 'Better Government for Older People', the second half of the paper outlines a policy agenda for the early years of the 21 st century. We argue unequivocally for an integrated social policy which addresses the broad needs of an ageing society as opposed to narrow age-based interests, or the interests of specific problematised or stigmatised groups. The creation and delivery of such an integrated policy for tomorrow's Britain rests, we contend, on three crucial dimensions: an explicitly articulated value base; a consideration of the educational, technological and spatial aspects of policy; and harmonisation of action at both local and national levels.

Further Details

Publish Dates: Jan
Full Title: Ageing and Society
Pages: 33-54
Volume: 20
Accession Number: July, 2010
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 02/09/2013
Keywords: United Kingdomolderpolicy compliance
Reads: 239