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Critical perspectives on ageing societies$
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Miriam Bernard and Thomas Scharf

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348906

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348906.001.0001

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The re-medicalisation of later life

The re-medicalisation of later life

(p.45) Four The re-medicalisation of later life
Critical perspectives on ageing societies

Robin Means

Policy Press

This chapter draws on both historical and contemporary perspectives to highlight the ways in which present government policies are creating a re-medicalisation of later life that is to the detriment of older people. It argues that recent policy developments have ignored the findings from research about how best to respond to the needs of those older people in the community with extensive health and social care problems. The dominant driver of recent policy has been to revert to a medical model in which the major desire of health seems to be to shunt cost onto local authority social services. This chapter takes the recent Green Paper on Independence, well-being and choice: Our vision for the future of social care for adults in England as a case study and shows that what is most striking are the continuities with the past rather than radical improvements.

Keywords:   older people needs, Green Paper, social care problems, health care problems

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