Valuing capabilities in later life: the capability approach and the Brotherhood of St Laurence aged services

01 December 2012

By Helen Kimberley. Robert Gruhn and Simon Huggins, 2012

This study examined what the Brotherhood’s aged service users value in life, what enables them to live fulfilled and meaningful lives and what the services can contribute to this.

The capability approach is used as a conceptual framework in which to consider a new model of aged services which will affirm older adults’ human rights and capabilities, especially for those who have been disadvantaged, and ensure that their views continue to shape policies, services and practice.

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