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VOLUME 6, NUMBER 1, 2003

Globalisation and Support in Old Age
Gail Wilson

The paper opposes collective social support for later life to individualised activity. It suggests that collective support can be divided into social arrangements for sharing work over the life course, collective support among family members and collective support provided by formal institutions. In this context work includes paid and unpaid work. Family support is considered in a cross cultural context and so is a broader concept than is usual in the UK. Formal collectivities are defined to include all late life-oriented organised welfare, including pensions and health and social care, whether state, non-profit or commercial. Each of these collectivities is discussed in relation to support in later life. The effect of economic globalisation on each is outlined but the main emphasis is on analysing threatened support systems.

Key words: globalisation, collective support, old age

Historical, cross-cultural, biological and psychosocial perspectives of ageing and the aged person
Margareth Bondevik

The paper analyses the concept of ageing and old age from various perspectives. From a historical perspective, people in Antiquity and the Middle Ages explained the ages of man in different schematic terms, related to the physical causes for the processes of human growth and decline, or related to daily, annual or historical time. From a cross-cultural perspective, the predominant view has been that older adults in developing societies were better situated socially and psychologically than their counterparts in developed societies. The process of ageing can be seen from separate biological, psychological and social perspectives. Regarding the individual aged person, these mutually interactive processes, must be considered together, along with the cultural conditions and historical times in which they occur. Increased awareness of the positive contributions to modern society made by the aged as upholders of cultural heritage and traditions may help to counteract the derogatory of references to the elderly as "the rising tide", associating this group of the population with heavy financial burdens on society.

Key words: ageing, historical ageing, cross-cultural ageing, ageing theories

The addiction to medicaments

The author discusses the growing abuse of pain-killers, sedatives and sleeping pills. Elderly people use more medicine than younger ones. They also have worse reactions on them. All the mentioned medicaments are causing addiction and the addicted person needs more and more of them to reach the same effect. The addiction to medicaments is also named tabletomania. The danger of this addiction is higher for people who are suffering from psychological problems and for drug addicts. The healing process of tabletomania is long-lasting.

Key words: sedatives, sleeping pills, pain-killers, addiction, problems within the curing process, physical problems

Fear from ageing and methods of overcoming it
Jo¾e Ramov¹

The article is based on two main facts. The first one is, that fear from ageing and old-age disability is a widespread irrational taboo in the modern western society. The second one is that the acceptance of oneís own old age is a condition for quality ageing and for good intergenerational relations. The research data and everyday experiences from introduction of intergenerational programmes for quality ageing and good intergenerational relations are showing the persistence of the mentioned taboo in oneís not self-conscious experiencing and behaviour. The author describes rational, emotional, and social ways of overcoming the taboo of old age.

Key words: ageing, overcoming of taboo, intergenerational relations


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