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Unequal ageingThe untold story of exclusion in old age$
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Paul Cann and Malcolm Dean

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424129

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424129.001.0001

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How social age trumped social class?

How social age trumped social class?

(p.1) One How social age trumped social class?
Unequal ageing

Malcolm Dean

Policy Press

For a shockingly high number of pensioners, growing older is a journey of loss: loss of work, income, health, well-being, status, social networks and companions. Diseases associated with growing older multiply with the dramatic ageing of the population and years spent in ill health or with disability lengthen. Yet the response of communities and care systems is often inadequate and ageism abounds. This chapter begins its discussion with a brief historical background of ageism, and the progress to combat age discrimination and promote age equality. The author also covers several issues about the pensions, health and social care systems. It ends with a question on how strong a political hand does the older people's lobby hold regarding the issue.

Keywords:   pensioners, older people, ageism, age discrimination, age equality, health

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