Living with Ageing and Dying – Palliative and End of Life Care for Older People

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Article publication date: 6 September 2011

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(2011), "Living with Ageing and Dying – Palliative and End of Life Care for Older People", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 24 No. 7. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijhcqa.2011.06224gaa.014

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Living with Ageing and Dying – Palliative and End of Life Care for Older People

Living with Ageing and Dying – Palliative and End of Life Care for Older People

Article Type: Recent publications From: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Volume 24, Issue 7

Merryn Gott and Christine IngletonOUP2011ISBN-13: 978-0-199-56993-9

Keywords: Palliative healthcare, End of life care, Public healthcare and older people

Ageing populations mean that palliative and end-of-life care for older people must assume greater priority. Indeed, there is an urgent need to improve the experiences of older people at the end of life, given that they have been identified as the “disadvantaged dying”. To date, models of care are underpinned by the ideals of specialist palliative care which were developed to meet the needs of predominantly middle-aged and “young old” people, and evidence suggests these may not be adequate for the older population group.

This book identifies ways forward for improving the end of life experiences of older people by taking an interdisciplinary and international approach. Providing a synergy between the currently disparate literature of gerontology and palliative care, a wide range of leading international experts contribute to discussions regarding priority areas in relation to ageing and end of life care. Some authors take a theoretical focus, others a very practical approach rooted in their clinical and research experience. The issues covered are diverse, as are the countries in which discussions are contextualised. Those working in both palliative care and gerontology will find the issues and advice discussed in this book hugely topical and of real practical value.

Contents include:

  • What is different about dying in old age?

  • What can a public health perspective bring to improving the end of life experience for older people?

  • Involving carers at the end of life.

  • The significance of place at the end of life.

  • Moving forward: a debate about priorities for research and service development.