Positive aPProach to ageing: a Policy lesson for a community-based aged care system in sri lanka

Journal Title: Social Affairs - Year 2015, Vol 1, Issue 2

Abstract

Even though demographic trends of becoming an ageing society have been evident for some years now, ageing and the aged is yet to be a topic in serious social policy dialog in Sri Lanka. Having a hard look at the changes occurring in current informal care systems for the aged and the challenges it presents, and reviewing existing social policy in relation to aged care in the country is an important timely requirement. It will enable us to identify the gulfs within current systems, both formal and informal, and give new directions to deal with the challenges. It will also facilitate us lessons to be learnt from other successful systems around the world and will be an action of putting tomorrow’s crucial issue on today’s agenda. This paper prepares the background for a policy discussion drawing on some important implications from successful ‘positive approach to ageing’ policy in Australia. The author’s opinion is that Australia demonstrates a remarkably spirited social consciousness that ageing is not a standalone issue needing Band-Aid policy responses, but rather is an achievement, and to make much out of it, it has to be looked at and responded to from within the entire social system. Therefore, policy and programmeme response to ageing has taken a broad, integrated, holistic and futuristic perspective and the country is moving fast from residential care to community care approach – a shift from dependency model to active model of response. There is much Sri Lanka can learn from it.

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Sarathchandra Gamlath

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Sarathchandra Gamlath (2015). Positive aPProach to ageing: a Policy lesson for a community-based aged care system in sri lanka. Social Affairs, 1(2), -. https://europub.co.uk/articles/-A-31409