Some Special Problems of Later Life

  • Pat Brown
Part of the The ‘New Approaches to Care’ Series book series


The problems faced by elderly people which are discussed in this chapter have social as well as medical connotations. They include such handicaps as incontinence, alcoholism, isolation, loneliness, hypothermia and the new social disease of mugging. They are not so much age-related as age-enhanced because although they are found in all age groups and in all social classes they have a more profound effect on the elderly. These conditions tend also to be related to each other in that an isolated, lonely person may take to the bottle as a means of oblivion, and this in turn can lead to falls and hypothermia, or to increased incontinence.


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© Pat Brown 1982

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