Care for health in later life

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:
Care for health in later life

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In this chapter, the tertiary level of health promotion is the focus and the link between health and care is seen most clearly. It is argued that at this point in history, the association between old age and death is at its strongest and that this has implications for how both ageing and death are perceived. In the context of long-term illness and at the end of life the need for care increases but socioeconomic inequalities are evident in older people's access. Both formal and informal (family) care provision and the relationship between these two are discussed in different contexts. The conceptualisation of care in policies is critically examined and it is argued that in long-term care the inadequacy of policy agendas is starkly apparent, as seen in the reduction of the human need for care to managerialist agendas.

Keywords: Long-term care; Palliative care; Family obligations; Global chains of care

Chapter.  10357 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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