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Policy and practices to the active engagement of older people in the community: a comparison of Sweden and Australia
University of Western Sydney, NSW.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 17, no 1, 37-45 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article compares policy and practices for engaging older people in community life in Sweden and Australia. Barriers and support for active engagement through paid work, social activism, volunteering and aged services are compared. Both countries face issues of ageing populations, services for rural areas and people with small needs. Issues for Sweden were the absence of age discrimination legislation, availability of funds and lack of recognition of the growing levels of volunteering. Issues for Australia concerned the new managerialist approach to services, with associated complexities of access and limited social activism.

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Blackwell , 2008. Vol. 17, no 1, 37-45 p.
Keyword [en]
active citizenship, social capital, voluntary work, social services, paid care work, Sweden, Australia, older people
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-16240DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2007.00497.xOAI: diva2:155913
Available from: 2010-11-30 Created: 2007-09-03 Last updated: 2010-12-01Bibliographically approved

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