Old Age and Disability
The chapter on elderly people in Muriel Brown’s book, Introduction to Social Administration in Britain begins with the statement, ‘Simply to grow old is not in itself a problem’.1 Ageing is a natural process which happens to everyone. It brings special needs and it is the failure of society to recognise and meet these needs adequately which causes problems for the elderly. Elderly people are a politically powerless group, they are not organised and cannot strike for better pensions. Pressure groups such as Age Concern are active in campaigning on behalf of the elderly, but to a large extent, meeting needs relies on the goodwill and commitment of society.
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