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A Strategy for a Scotland with an Ageing Population: Qualitative Research with the General Public

DescriptionTo feed into the Strategy for a Scotland with an Ageing Population, the Executive commissioned Ipsos MORI to undertake qualitative research among the general public between 9-17 May 2006. The research focused on attitudes towards the ageing population; aspirations for old age and perceived barriers to fulfilling those aspirations; and perceptions of change needed to support an ageing population.
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Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateMarch 09, 2007

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Sara Davidson, Jane MacLardie and Lorraine Murray
Ipsos MORI

Scottish Executive Social Research
2006

ISSN 0950 2254
ISBN 978 0 7559 6460 4 (Web only publication)

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CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

CHAPTER ONE BACKGROUND AND METHODOLOGY
Policy background
Research aims
Methodology
A note on the interpretation of qualitative research
Structure of the report

CHAPTER TWO CROSS-CUTTING THEMES
Definition of 'older people'
Awareness of the ageing population issue
Youth-centred orientation
Planning
A "wonderful thing"
Summary of key points

CHAPTER THREE CONCEPTUALISATION OF OLD AGE
Freedom from work and family commitments
How old age is not conceptualised
Health
Money
The potential for loneliness
Summary of key points

CHAPTER FOUR ASPIRATIONS AND BARRIERS
Health
Money
Retirement age
Activities and social contact in retirement
Summary of key points

CHAPTER FIVE SERVICES
Care services
Health services
Housing
Advice services
Summary of key points

CHAPTER SIX CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE STRATEGY
Understanding the ageing population issue
Emphasising the benefits to all of society
Encouraging a continuing contribution
Encouraging individual planning

ANNEX DISCUSSION GUIDES

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Executive Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.