Spanning the period from the 1890s to the 1960s Into the House of
Old details the lives and survival strategies of elderly people as
they struggle to remain independent. Megan Davies opens the door to
the institutional world of the old age home, demonstrating how the
legacy of the poor law and the demands of the emerging welfare
state worked together to shape residential care facilities for
seniors. She looks at the experiences of elderly people on B.C.'s
economic and social margins both before and after the advent of old
age pensions, analysing the myriad strategies used by the elderly
poor to stay out of institutions and the role of family, community,
and state support in this process.
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