chapter  5
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Elderly persons and community care

Usually when we refer to old age, we are dealing with the final stage (or stages) of life. Life for older people poses a num ber of issues not encountered by young people. However, chronological age is not necessarily the defining element for problems in old age; nor is the latter a single undifferentiated age set. But older people have traditionally been treated as if this were the case. A whole set of attitudes, a ‘way of seeing’, has contributed to the shaping of social policy.