Eamon O’Shea
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Ageing, disability and policy
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This chapter concerns the relationship between ageing and disability and whether there exists the possibility of a common approach to thinking about policy questions in relation to ageing and disability and their various interfaces. As more people age with disability, the medical model of ageing will come under increasing scrutiny from people demanding a social model of care provision. The chapter explores the implications of a more integrationist approach for older people and their families. Older people with disabilities in Ireland include people with a disability acquired at a younger age and those who acquire a disability later in life. Citizenship and entitlement are equally relevant to people with disability and to older people if only because so many people with disabilities are older. Most people agree that the importance of the person with a disability needs to be emphasised in the provision of health and social care.

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