Later life and social relations: family, migration and care

Peter Lloyd-Sherlock

in Population ageing and international development

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9781847421920
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303022 | DOI:
Later life and social relations: family, migration and care

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An old age characterised by high rates of disease and illness increases the potential economic and social ‘burden’ of older people and reduces their quality of life. This chapter explores relationships between individual ageing and health status, as well as between national development and overall health trends. It begins with a discussion of individual experiences of biological ageing and functioning, explores general patterns of development and population health, and general patterns of development, before focusing more narrowly on patterns of health and disease among older people. It examines epidemiological patterns associated with population ageing and highlights the growing profile of chronic diseases in low- and middle income countries. The chapter proceeds on to present a strong critique of existing health services for older people in developing countries and calls for an urgent reorientation of healthcare services.

Keywords: chronic diseases; illness; health status; health trends; biological ageing; epidemiological patterns; healthcare services

Chapter.  9863 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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