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Ageing in Wales: Policy Responses to an Ageing Population

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Wales is ageing at a greater rate than its counterparts in the UK. Nearly one in four people are over the age of sixty and one in eight are over seventy. The demographic shift over the last forty years, during which the numbers over eighty-five have increased fourfold, has meant that policy-makers have had to turn their attention to issues of ageing and place older people high on the policy agenda. The purpose of this article is twofold: first, we give a broad overview of the issues surrounding the experiences of ageing in Wales and second, we investigate the main social policy responses followed by the Welsh Assembly Government to an ageing population. In conclusion we consider what form a Welsh social policy of ageing in the twenty-first century may take to meet these issues.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2007

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  • Contemporary Wales is at the forefront of research into economic, political and social sciences relating to Wales. It contains both academic and practitioner-based articles, annual economic and legal reviews, and book reviews. Its interdisciplinary content drawing on current research on Wales makes the journal essential reading for students and researchers across a range of subject areas, including political and social policy, history, law, media and languages. Contemporary Wales has published articles in English and in Welsh.

    Mae Contemporary Wales wedi’i gyhoeddi’n gan Wasg Prifysgol Cymru fel llwyfan ar gyfer ymchwil blaengar ar Gymru o safbwynt y gwyddorau economaidd, gwleidyddol a chymdeithasol. Mae'n cynnwys cyfuniad o erthyglau gan academyddion ac ymarferwyr, adolygiadau economaidd a chyfreithiol blynyddol, ac adolygiadau o gyhoeddiadau yn y maes. Mae natur rhyngddisgyblaethol y cynnwys sy'n seliedig ar yr ymchwil diweddaraf yn golygu bod y cyfnodolyn yn hanfodol i wleidyddion, gwneuthurwyr polisi, y cyfryngau, gwasanaethau cyhoeddus, llywodraeth leol yn ogystal â fyfyrwyr ac ymchwilwyr mewn ystod eang o feysydd gan gynnwys polisi gwleidyddol a chymdeithasol, hanes, y gyfraith, y cyfryngau a ieithoedd. Mae Contemporary Wales wedi cyhoeddi erthyglau yn y Gymraeg a’r Saesneg.

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