By Margaret Pelling, Richard M. Smith

Debates on coverage pertaining to remedy and social welfare of the aged turn into ever extra urgent, and plenty of of the assumptions on which they're established at the moment are open to query. This research units out to supply a historic viewpoint at the financial, clinical, type and gender relatives of the aged, which earlier have acquired fairly little awareness. specifically, the placement of the aged is associated with the basic problems with wellbeing and fitness, incapacity and remedy. With cognizance presently inquisitive about the surroundings of the retirement age, neighborhood and kinfolk care, and pensions, in addition to wider debates at the rights of the aged, this quantity goals to provide a historic context for such matters.

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4, pp. Laslett, Family Life and Illicit Love in Earlier Generations, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1977, p. 201. Robin, ‘Family Care of the Elderly in a Nineteenth-Century Devonshire Parish’, Ageing and Society, 1984, vol. 4, pp. 505–16. 62 It has been amply demonstrated in historical studies that co-residence was only one manifestation of a network of reciprocal support and not necessarily the most significant. Anderson, Family Structure in Nineteenth-Century Lancashire, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1971, p.

106–7. g. Snell, Annals of the Labouring Poor, pp. 131–7, 365–7. Cf. Digby, Pauper Palaces, London, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1978, pp. 12–13, 161–6. 105 On the corresponding emphasis on mothers of families rather than older women, see Moscucci, The Science of Woman, pp. 83–5, 87; cf. Digby, Madness, Morality and Medicine, p. 176. Thomson (eds) Workers versus Pensioners: Intergenerational Justice in an Ageing World, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 1989, pp. 5–17. Thane, ‘The Debate on the Declining Birth-rate in Britain: The “Menace” of an Ageing Population, 1920s-1950s’, Continuity and Change, 1990, vol.

459–62. 65 For example, Robin shows for Colyton that, of the 1851 cohort of fifty-year olds who in 1871 were in their seventies, when found living with an unmarried child that child in 80 per cent of instances was a daughter. Furthermore ever-married daughters living with parents in their seventies outnumbered ever-married sons in like case by a ratio of two to one. See Robin, ‘Family Care of the Elderly’, p. 511. 66 It is an interesting commentary on the relative risks of childlessness that Robin’s study suggests no greater rate of attrition over three decades among those in Colyton who lacked, and those who had, children in the community between 1851 and 1871.

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