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Understanding health and care

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/9781861349194.003.0003
Understanding health and care

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This chapter focuses on different ways of conceptualising health, care and the lifecourse. It discusses the critiques of biomedicine that have influenced thinking among gerontologists concerning the medicalisation of old age and analyses the concept of salutogenesis. The discussion of care is focused on the key points of a feminist ethic of care. Debates concerning the dichotomy between the Third and Fourth Ages are discussed. The complexity of the concepts of health and care highlighted in this chapter stand in contrast to the over-simplistic conceptualisations identified in the previous chapter as influential on policy-making.

Keywords: Health; Care; Lifecourse; Third age and fourth ages; Medicalisation thesis

Chapter.  9333 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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