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Title: Perspectives on age, health and the environment : socio-ecological imperatives and the care of the elderly
Author: Talbot, Roger Douglas
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1992
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The study recognises and defines interdependent demographic, ecological and health-equity imperatives which, individually and collectively, threaten to have profoundly adverse, destabilising and inequitable effects on the most marginalised members of populations - in particular the elderly - unless and until a new and unified approach is adopted to the problems of age, health and the environment. The consequences of a failure to respond effectively to the demographic imperative imposed by the ageing of populations is perceived as a further threat to the health and status of the old who are identified as amongst the most disadvantaged members of contemporary societies. The consequences of a failure to respond effectively to the wider health-equity imperative is seen as the continued impoverishment of the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who are without the basic human needs of adequate food, shelter, clothing and health services. The consequence of a failure to respond effectively to the ecological imperative is identified as environmental degradation, loss of essential habitats, loss of biological and genetic diversity, depletion of finite natural resources, acute global-scale poverty, social dislocation, threats to the health of vulnerable groups and the reinforcement of inequities in health status both between and within populations. Overall the threats are perceived as threats to a sustainable future for mankind. A review of the health of the elderly and of contemporary social and environmental policies in Britain confirms that social policies for the care of the elderly fail adequately to address emerging environmental concerns whilst existing and proposed environmental policies lack a necessary social dimension and fail therefore to account properly for the needs of vulnerable groups such as the old and the poor. Such deficiencies are held to be rooted in the lack of a unified approach to social and environmental policy and to the failure to base policy upon an appropriate model of health. From the position that equitable social policies will help to secure and enhance the health of the planet whilst sound environmental policies will enhance the well-being of populations, a fundamental and radical reshaping of socio-environmental policy, based upon an holistic concept of health, is advocated.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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