A recurring theme in the literature is of old age as a ‘social problem’. The elderly population is frequently portrayed by both the government and within the media as an ever-increasing burden on the health and welfare services. Despite the fact that people are today living for longer than ever before and are in better health for longer periods of the life course, older age continues to be viewed problematically. Examples of this understanding include the view that as a society we face a pensions ‘problem’, a ‘long-term care’ problem, an ‘epidemic’ of Alzheimer's disease problem, etc. These ageist attitudes reflect both the way in which older age is socially constructed as a period of social dependency, ...
Social Dependency in Older Age
Social dependency in older age