The ageing of the population is a demographic phenomenon, a social problem and a policy issue. The numbers of aged and the cost of supporting and caring for them are increasing, as is the feminisation of ageing. Diane Gibson provides a broad overview of the issues and policy responses worldwide, and an in-depth study of Australia - a country with typical problems and some world-leading solutions. She also offers a more conceptual look at theoretical implications and practical consequences. This book will set new standards for aged care policy and practice worldwide.