Older people's strategies in times of social and economic transformation

Peter Lloyd-Sherlock*

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Most research about the welfare of older people has focused on issues such as the reform of formal social security programmes. This chapter shows that patterns of social and economic change in poorer countries are complex, and that we should not assume that they are simply repeating the experiences of the north. The sheer speed of change in many developing countries has created great challenges for all age groups, and it may be that older people are less well equipped to deal with some of these. The chapter presents the examples to show that older people are more than capable of meeting these challenges, if the correct policies are in place. Older people can gain greater control over their own lives if policies and development programmes support their own strategies for coping. The process of migration is challenging for all age groups, but is particularly traumatic for older people who may be ill or very frail.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Ageing and Development Report
Subtitle of host publicationPoverty, Independence and the World's Older People
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781315071541
ISBN (Print)9781853836480
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 1999
Externally publishedYes

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