In the context of global ageing societies, there are few challenges to the underlying assumption that policies should promote functional health and independence in older people and contain the costs of care. This important book offers such a challenge. It provides a critical analysis of the limitations of contemporary policies and calls for a fuller understanding of the relationship between health and care throughout the life-course. Located within the tradition of the feminist ethic of care, the book provides a fresh insight into global policy debates and the impact that these have on people's experiences of ageing. Including international evidence on health inequalities, health promotion and health care, this book will be of interest to a range of social scientists, particularly specialists in gerontology and social policy.
Liz Lloyd is a Senior Lecturer in Social Gerontology at the University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies. Her research is on ageing and the life course with a particular focus on health and the ethics of care. She has researched and published on the end-of-life in old age and she has been instrumental in developing the ethics of care perspective within gerontology.
Introduction; Patterns and trends in ageing and health; Understanding health and care; The policy process in health and care; Healthy ageing: upstream actions to prevent illness; Medicine, ageing and healthcare; Care for health in later life; Conclusion.
"essential reading for those interested in health policy for older persons....an excellent job of connecting the intricate web of issues and outcomes associated with the process of ageing in a neoliberal economic environment." International Journal of Ageing and Later Life
"the book places socioeconomic determinants of health at the centre of its discussion and draws attention to the vast social inequalities both within and across boundaries...the book covers an impressive range of disciplines....provides an important critical perspective". Bernd Rechel, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
"This is a major contribution to the debate about health policies for older people. The study represents a powerful critique of health inequality and will be a vital resource for students of social policy and social gerontology." Chris Phillipson, Professor of Applied Social Studies and Social Gerontology, Director of Social Science Research Institutes, Keele University, UK.
"This highly readable and thought-provoking book could not be more timely. In challenging orthodox - and increasingly pessimistic - understandings of health and care, Liz Lloyd makes a compelling case for change in the orientation of public policy in ageing societies." Thomas Scharf, Professor of Social Gerontology and Directory, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland.
"...the book will appeal to academics, postgraduate students, senior practitioners and policy makers. I will be adding this publication to the reading lists of our postgraduate students". Karen Lowton, Institute of Gerontology, King's College London.