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Ege Journal of Medicine
2016, Cilt 55, Özel Sayı
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What is the situation in public support for elderly health and social policies? The situation for Turkey and the world
Işıl Ergin
Ege Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Halk Sağlığı Anabilim Dalı, İzmir
Keywords: Aging, elderly health, social policy

Aging is closely relevant with public issues like health, social security, education and employment and this necessitates a discussion on rights as well as the context and coverage of public policies. This study aims to present economic and political reasoning for the transfer of the role of the family and community to public, to examine the shortcomings of the approaches assesing aging as an economic burden, to evaluate the mechanisms in public support for elderly health and to compare the situation for Turkey. Regarding the practice in the World, it has been concluded that in Turkey, the resources allocated and the organisational capacity are inadequate, lacks an inequalities approach and is constructed on an emphasis on family and community-oriented mechanisms. If they are not provided with public support and protection, the abandoned elderly of the new value system, take their place in the community among most vulnerable groups, despite their diminished physical capacity and deprivated social and economic resources.

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