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Opportunity Age: Meeting the Challenges of Ageing in the 21st Century

Government of the United Kingdom Country Resources Older Persons General Policies, Laws, Strategies & Plans and service standards United Kingdom 1 March 2005 Policy document elderly care, social security

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This strategy reviews the progress made by the country up to 2005 and outlines a way forward for older persons policy in the UK over the next 10 to 15 years. It discusses how the country can begin to make changes in order to improve public services for older and more vulnerable citizens, emphasizing the need for the values of active independence, quality, and choice to be embedded within all policies directed towards older persons. In services that are crucial to retaining independence, older people are often treated as passive recipients rather than active consumer with their own views about their needs. This strategy aims to change this phenomenon with a new and more sophisticated model which recognizes the potential of older people and the need to reflect that in a changed role in society.


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