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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2005): Care of the Elderly - Overseas

Core values in healthcare or why the patient isnít an afterthought

A.V. Campbell

Quality in Ageing, vol.6, June 2005, p.6-9

Research has shown that people with chronic illnesses find value in their lives from what they can do for others. By extension, older people can be helped to find value in their lives by being encouraged to contribute to communal life.

Dignity: the voice of older people

T. Bayer, W. Tadd and S. Krajcik

Quality in Ageing, vol.6, June 2005, p.22-29

Paper reports the results of 89 focus groups and 18 individual interviews that were held in 6 European countries to explore the views of older people on dignity in their lives. Participants associated dignity with being treated with respect, involvement in society, and retaining independence and control over their lives.

Dignity and older people: the voice of professionals

S. Arino-Blasco, W. Tadd and J.A. Boix-Ferrer

Quality in Ageing, vol.6, June 2005, p.30-36

Paper reports health and social care professionals views on various aspects of dignity and older people. Professionals identified the following factors as being essential to dignified care: promotion of independence, maintenance of identity and encouragement of involvement, effective communication and respect. Undignified care was associated with depersonalisation and treatment of the individual as an object, humiliation and abuse, and narrow and mechanistic approaches to care.

Dignity and older people: the voice of society

D. Stratton and W. Tadd

Quality in Ageing, vol.8, June 2005, p.37-45

Paper describes the findings from 89 focus groups with young and middle-aged adults held in six European countries. It was generally agreed that older people are stereotyped, belittled, pitied and treated like children. Pensions were considered inadequate and family care of older relatives was held to be time-consuming and burdensome. There was felt to be a general lack of contact between young and old. Participants had poor opinions about the health and social care offered to older people, especially in nursing homes.

The new politics of old age policy

R. B. Hudson (editor)

Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005

As the U.S. population continues to age, age-related policies have come under intense scrutiny and have sparked heated debates. Demographic, economic and political trends have transformed understanding of the role of older people in U.S. public policy. This publication offers a variety of perspectives on these policy issues - particularly the relative merits of using chronological age to determine eligibility for government programmes. The chapters address theoretical approaches to age-based policy; population dynamics and how growing diversity within the older population may affect policy; issues surrounding major age-based programmes, such as Social Security and Medicare; and the national, state and local politics of population ageing.

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