Key Concepts in Public Health identifies fifty key concepts used across the discipline of public health in order to give the reader a broad perspective of the core topics relevant to training and practice. From epidemiology to health promotion, and ethics to leadership, the book offers an exciting guide to the multiprofessional field. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a broader discussion addressing the main issues and links to practice, key points relevant to the entry, case studies to illustrate the application to practice, and examples of further reading.

Public Health and the Older Person

Public Health and the Older Person

Public health and the older person
IreneCooke, and JeanMannix


The term ‘older person’ is frequently used indiscriminately within health and social care environments, however there appears to be no agreed consensus in defining who the ‘older person’ in society actually is. This contested issue has raised a number of interesting responses. Ebrahim (2005) indicates that there is a growing international agreement that only those aged 65 and over should be defined as ‘elderly’. The Department of Health (2001c) however has identified three separate categories of older person:

  • Entering old age – which adopts a socially constructed perspective of those who have completed their career in paid employment and/or child-rearing. Usually aged between 50 years and the official retirement ages of 60 for ...
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