The ageing population

Bill Bytheway

in Unmasking age

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426185
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304128 | DOI:
The ageing population

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The crisis over the ageing population is often discussed with reference to the concept of ‘inter-generational equity’, and this debate explicitly links age and generation. Age is a key variable in demographic and epidemiological research, and large surveys of populations have revealed strong statistical relationships between age and many other variables. To illustrate how age is ‘controlled for’, this chapter describes the use of age-specific mortality rates in the analysis of cancer statistics. One reason for concern over an ageing population is the implication that the costs of providing care will increase. Here, the author presents a case study of one old person whose daily life is intricately tied in with the provision of such services. The chapter also explained how bureaucratic responses to the ageing population can both sustain and constrain the lives of older people.

Keywords: ageing population; generation; age; cancer; epidemiological research; care

Chapter.  9706 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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