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Older People in Law and Society$
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Jonathan Herring

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229024.001.0001

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(p.342) 10 Conclusion
Older People in Law and Society

Jonathan Herring (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   ageism, old age, social exclusion, elder abuse, care, ethic of care

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