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Meeting the information needs of older people: A challenge for local governance

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rose Gilroy


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The challenge of the ageing population is not just to provide more services but to employ new strategies. One of these is the need to rethink the provision of information to older people and their carers. This paper makes four points. First, that information and access to information have become more critical issues. Second, that older people may place a much higher value on information than other citizen groups but their access is poor for a range of reasons. Third, that the processes by which older people seek information may be empowering. Finally, effective partnerships with creative older people can be a catalyst to changing governance cultures which is a vital step in modernising local government. The paper draws upon examples from the author's experience of working alongside older people under the umbrella of the Better Life in Later Life project in Newcastle upon Tyne. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Group Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Gilroy R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Local Government Studies

Year: 2005

Volume: 31

Issue: 1

Pages: 39-51

Print publication date: 01/02/2005

ISSN (print): 0300-3930

ISSN (electronic): 1743-9388

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/0300393042000332846


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