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Health and care in ageing societiesA new international approach$
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Liz Lloyd

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349194

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349194.001.0001

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Patterns and trends in ageing and health

Patterns and trends in ageing and health

Chapter:
(p.11) Two Patterns and trends in ageing and health
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Health and care in ageing societies
Author(s):

Liz Lloyd

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349194.003.0002

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

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