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Health Insurance in Action: Why We Need the NHS

Ageing Issues

I am visiting a small city in New York State.  Once one of the greatest cities in the US, it now has a rapidly declining and highly racially and socially segregated population, with a mixture of affluence on one side of the tracks and neighbourhoods blighted by grinding poverty on the other.  My friend, let’s call her Melissa (which is not her real name), moved back here a couple of years ago to take care of her parents, both of whom needed care.  Her Dad has suffered a series of strokes, and her Mom has multiple comorbidities.  She runs a small business here and now has her Mom, now terminally and quite desperately ill, living with her.  She runs her business from the basement of her home, employs two people, and has her Mom upstairs.  Clearly contributing to this city’s flagging economy in many ways, she is completely exhausted and…

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Gerontologist with an interest in ageing and the lifecourse, well-being in later life, and social policy for an ageing society.


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