State Government iniatives in protecting the legal rights of older people
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Demographic change has meant that we are witnessing higher proportions of elderly people in all societies, greater life expectancy at birth and at all advanced ages, substantial drops in age specific mortality rates at higher ages, high rates of chronicity, a surplus of women at higher age groups, most of whom have no spouse, and overall a very diffuse elderly population. Every aspect of the lives of elderly people is affected by change and its social ramifications, from increased consumer activity, through electronic banking, through to travel and entertainment, through to changing family structure, through to systems and processes of care and support for frail elderly people. Protection of the rights of elderly people has not always kept pace with the changes. While social and technological change is essentially unregulated, responses by governments are heavily circumscribed.
Speech given to the Australian Association of Gerontology, Brisbane, 8th September 1988, by Adam Graycar, Commissioner for the Ageing, Adelaide, South Australia. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/