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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2009): Care of the elderly - overseas

The different faces of care work: understanding the experience of the multi-cultural care workforce

M. Doyle and V. Timonen

Ageing and Society, vol. 29, 2009, p. 337-350

Population ageing and decreased availability of family carers have led in many industrialised countries to the employment of growing numbers of migrant care workers. However little is known about this group and their experience of employment in long-term care. This article presents the results of a qualitative study in Ireland that sought to explore migrant carers' experience of care work and intra-group differences among them. The data indicate that the experiences of European, South Asian and African carers are significantly different and that relationships may exist between carers' region of origin, and their experience of care work, employment mobility, and long term plans for remaining in the sector.

Early psychosocial interventions in dementia: evidence-based practice

E. Moniz-Cook and J. Manthorpe (editors)

London: J. Kingsley, 2009

For the increasing number of people diagnosed with dementia each year, treatment in the early stages can make a significant difference to their quality of life. The book provides examples of psychosocial interventions, taking into consideration the individual, social and environmental aspects of the person's life. It looks at ways of providing support at the time of diagnosis and goes on to explore a variety of interventions and services for the treatment of early dementia. Bringing together the knowledge and experiences of professionals from both the UK and Europe, the book describes interventions for both psychological and practical problems with case examples such as memory support groups, art therapies and assistive technologies for use in the home.

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