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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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Understanding health and care

Understanding health and care

(p.27) Three Understanding health and care
Health and care in ageing societies

Liz Lloyd

Policy Press

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

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