The oldest old and the risk of social exclusion

Publication type

Journal Article

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Social Policy and Society


Wesley Key and Martin Culliney

Publication date


This article examines whether people aged eighty-five-and-over, referred to throughout as ‘The Oldest Old’, are more likely to suffer from social exclusion than people aged sixty-five to eighty-four. Social Exclusion is defined according to the four dimensions identified in the 1999 Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey. Using data from Understanding Society, the analysis finds that the Oldest Old have a higher likelihood of experiencing social exclusion than people aged sixty-five to eighty-four. These findings illustrate the risks facing the Oldest Old, and highlight the policy challenges presented by ageing western populations.

Volume and page numbers

17, 47-63





Older People, Area Effects, Social Networks, Social Exclusion and Well Being


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