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Patterns and trends in ageing and health

Liz Lloyd

in Health and care in ageing societies

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9781861349194
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307600 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349194.003.0002
Patterns and trends in ageing and health

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This chapter sets the scene for the subsequent discussion through a focus on global data on life expectancy, morbidity and mortality and a critical analysis of the production and presentation of these data. It provides a discussion of how the data have shaped ideas about ageing, health and care and have influenced global policy agendas. Key points explored include inequalities in health, dependency ratios and the compression of morbidity thesis. It is argued that there is a need for a better understanding of dependency and life expectancy and that, equally necessary, is a better understanding of the ethical complexities of inequalities in health and the extension of life expectancy.

Keywords: Demographic trends; Epidemiologic transition; Health inequalities; Compression of morbidity; Dependency ratios

Chapter.  7151 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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