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Ageing well – Introduction: Evidence Review

Published: 29/07/2021

Author: Wild J

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This introduction provides an overview of the Evidence Review and considers the social context in which it has taken place. It sets out the key terms and ideas addressed throughout the publication while considering central questions such as, who the ‘baby boomers’ are, what ‘older age’ means, and how 'older age' might be understood and reimagined in a society that is living well, for longer.

The main learning points for practice, as well as opportunities and challenges identified in each of the four themed chapters, are set out in this introductory chapter, as you are invited to consider what it means to ‘age well’.

The themes addressed include:

  • Future housing options and alternative modes of living for later life.
  • Sex, intimacy and relationships in later life.
  • Alcohol and other drugs use in later life.
  • Business and digital technological innovation for a new generation of older adults.

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