Published: 26th May 2011

We’re getting older – the sooner politicians recognise that and set about changing attitudes the better, says Hilary Burrage Perhaps it’s superfluous to say this, but ageing is an issue which affects us all quite fundamentally; but you wouldn’t always know this, to judge from the general invisibility of the topic. And that invisibility is a big element of the difficult challenges which policymakers in this field face. Unless we’re very unlucky we shall all experience it, but how many of us want to think about old age? We don’t want to consider the often lonely lives, reduced mobility and other unrelenting afflictions which many older people encounter at some point in their senior years. Nor do most of us see during our everyday business the more distressing aspects of very old age, when once perfectly fit and competent adults may become totally dependent on helpers for their every need. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)