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Ageing well, ageing productively : the essential contribution of Australia's ageing population to the social and economic prosperity of the nation

Harvey, Peter W. and Thurnwald, Ian 2009, Ageing well, ageing productively : the essential contribution of Australia's ageing population to the social and economic prosperity of the nation, Health sociology review, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 379-386, doi: 10.5172/hesr.2009.18.4.379.

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Title Ageing well, ageing productively : the essential contribution of Australia's ageing population to the social and economic prosperity of the nation
Author(s) Harvey, Peter W.
Thurnwald, Ian
Journal name Health sociology review
Volume number 18
Issue number 4
Start page 379
End page 386
Total pages 8
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2009-12
ISSN 1446-1242
1839-3551
Keyword(s) ageing
preventive health care
self-management
service demand
sociology
Summary In Australia we have become preoccupied with the potential adverse impact of our ageing population on our health and social systems. The projected cost of having increasing proportions of our population in the over 70s, retired, chronically ill category of the demographic profile is emerging as a major challenge for governments and private insurers: so much so in fact that the government is now urging older people to stay at work longer. In America, new approaches to the management and self-management of chronic diseases have been invoked to encourage and support older people to improve their quality of life and reduce their recourse to and dependence upon health care technologies, clinical interventions and health care management systems. Unless this is achieved, it is argued, the cost of looking after this emerging ‘bubble’ of elderly people will become increasingly unsustainable as fewer and fewer (proportionately) younger people work to pay the taxes that support ageing, retired, sick and dependent populations. This paper argues that we are at real risk of having our economic wealth and productivity impeded and truncated by the financial burden of looking after high demand and high cost dependants at the aged end of the social demographic. This paper offers an alternative view of our ageing population, as well as highlighting some of the assets we have in our elderly populations, and providing suggestions as to an alternative view of the phenomenon of ageing that incorporates elements such as flexible working arrangements and the application of new, enabling technologies. This approach to our ageing population dilemma is predicated on a concept of lifelong learning and social participation along with better preventive and early intervention systems of health care
Language eng
DOI 10.5172/hesr.2009.18.4.379
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1608 Sociology
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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