Ageing popualtion

What is an Ageing population?
More older people than younger people
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What are three factors causing an ageing population?
Increasing life expectancy, Declining infant mortality, Declining fertility
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How does an Increasing life expectancy lead to an ageing population?
People are living longer pinto old age
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How does Declining infant mortality lead to an ageing population?
Less people are dying in early life, living longer to old age
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How does Declining fertility lead to an ageing population?
Less young are being born in comparison to the number of older people
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Defines the term ‘ageism’
The negative stereotyping of people on the basis of their age - often portrays the old as vulnerable, incompetent, irrational and as a burden to society.
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How does an ageing population affect the dependency ratio?
As the number of retired in arise, the DR increases along with teh burden on the working population. Non-working rely on working people to pay taxes.
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How does an ageing population affect public services?
Older people consume a larger proportion of public services. Also, means changes to policies and provision of housing, transport, and other services.
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How does an ageing population affect policy implications?
The main problem is finding how to finance a longer period of old age- whether by taxes or a higher retirement age. Encourage old people to move to care homes to free housing for younger people, raising the wealth of the government - better standards
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How does an ageing population affect the social construction of “old age being a problem”?
Griffiths report (‘88) saw society struggling to meet the care cost of the esculating number of older people. “Pensioners time bomb”. Ageism.
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How does an ageing population affect one-person pensioner households?
Number of pensioners living alone has increased. Most female cases of this is due to females generally living longer and are usually younger than husbands.
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What is the modern society view of old age?
Ageism is a result of structured dependency. Philipson (‘82) says that old people are of no use to capitalism because they are unproductive. Old people are exluded from a role in the labour source and are made dependent and powerless.
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What is the postmodern society view of old age?
Media images show positive aspects of elderly life. Bodies become a surface that we are able to rewrite our identities. Old age is a market for skin and body care. Hunt (‘05) argues we can choose lifestyle and identity at any age.
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What does Pilcher (‘95) argue about inequality and old age?
M/C: better occupational pensions, greater salaries. W/C: shorter life expectancy, more infirmity. Females have lover incomes and career breaks, they’re more subject to sexism and ageist stereotyping.
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What does Hirsch (‘05) argue about old age and policy implications?
Important policies need to change to tackle new problems of ageing population. The main problem is discovering how to finance a longer period of old age.
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What are three factors causing an ageing population?

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