This chapter brings together some of the issues which have run through the book: the difficulty the law has in dealing with older people who are both vulnerable to exploitation and yet so easily treated paternalistically. It is argued that emphasising and promoting independence as a goal in old age (or indeed any stage of life) is misguided. Instead the focus should be on promoting relationships of care and emphasising our interdependence. This involves recognising the value of older people and the importance of old age. Fully integrating older people into society and acknowledging all they have to offer will produce a more rewarding old age and better society.
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