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Old age, provision for
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1. Social functions

Provisions for old age have two social functions. First, it means social security for people whose advanced age has left them partially or totally unable to survive and care for themselves. This includes safeguarding the material necessities of life by providing food, clothing, shelter, and money, but also personal services such as assistance, care, and support in…

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Ehmer, Josef, “Old age, provision for”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016766>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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