Old age

  • Pat Young
Part of the Macmillan Master Series book series


The chapter on elderly people in Muriel Brown’s Introduction to Social Administration in Britain begins with the statement, ‘Simply to grow old is not in itself a problem’.1 Ageing is a natural process which happens to everyone. It brings needs and it is the failure of society to recognise and meet these needs adequately which causes problems for older people. As a group, elderly people have limited political power, they are not organised and cannot go on strike for better pensions. Pressure groups such as Age Concern are active in campaigning on behalf of the elderly, but to a large extent, meeting needs relies on the goodwill and commitment of society.


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Notes and references

  1. 1.
    Muriel Brown, Introduction to Social Administration in Britain, 5th edn (London: Hutchinson, 1982) p. 180.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Family Policy Studies Centre, An Ageing Population (London: Family Policy Studies Centre, 1988) p. 2, 3.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    For example, Peter Townsend, Poverty in the United Kingdom (London: Allen Lane, 1979).Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Child Poverty Action Group, Poverty, 52 (August 1982), p. 30.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Christina R. Victor, Health and Health Care in Late Life (Milton Keynes: Open University, 1991).Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Central Statistical Office, Social Trends1982, 12 (London: HMSO, 1981) p. 238.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Printed in Vida Carver and Penny Liddiard (eds), An Ageing Population (Kent: Hodder & Stoughton and The Open University, 1978), pp. ix-x.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Ellen Newton, This Bed My Centre (London: Virago, 1979) p. 38.Google Scholar

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