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Older People

Carroll L. Estes and Steven P. Wallace

in Social Injustice and Public Health

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171853
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865352 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171853.003.0006
Older People

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This chapter addresses social injustice in relation to the health of older people. It covers the impact of social injustice on the health of older people; the roots and underlying causes of this social injustice, including the graying of the socioeconomic status-health gradient, the biomedicalization of aging, and globalization; and finally, what needs to be done. The chapter concludes that rights for older people must be defined as basic human rights, and that social justice for older people must begin with the assertion of the human right to health.

Keywords: elderly; aging; poverty; globalization; human rights; the right to health; biomedicalization

Chapter.  7036 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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