The debate of the age

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7115.1034 (Published 25 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1034

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  1. Jessica Westall, Editor, student BMJ

    As this special issue makes clear, countries around the world are experiencing a rapid aging of their populations. This will lead to big changes in all aspects of life, and Britain is to have a debate—the Debate of the Age—on what it will mean to individuals, organisations, and society. The aim is to raise awareness of how society will change and propose policies for the next 50 years. The biggest public debate ever to happen outside government, it will in many ways be a debate about the future of Britain.

    The debate, started by the charity Age Concern, follows the formula of a governmental conference on aging that happens every 10 years in the United States. The foundations for …

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