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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2004): Care of the Elderly - Overseas

THE ALLOCATION OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR LATER LIFE: CANADIAN REFLECTIONS ON THE ROLES OF INDIVIDUALS, GOVERNMENT, EMPLOYERS AND FAMILIES

C.L. Kemp and M. Denton

Ageing and Society, vol. 23, 2003, p737-760

Paper draws on 51 semi-structured interviews to examine how mid and late-life Canadians allocate responsibility for the provision of social, financial and medical supports in later life. Interviewees identified individual planning and preparation as necessary to secure against the perceived individual and collective risks associated with being old. "Good citizens" were also understood to have legitimate claims to state-supported pensions, healthcare and social programmes. With the exception of emotional support, most participants had minimal expectations of help from family members.

ASSISTED LIVING FOR OLDER PEOPLE IN ISRAEL: MARKET CONTROL OR GOVERNMENT REGULATION?

I. Doran and E. Lightman

Ageing and Society, vol. 23, 2003, p.779-795

There has been a rapid expansion of assisted-living facilities for older people in many western countries. This expansion has occurred with little or no government regulation. Problems of abuse of residents and substandard care have arisen as a result. This has led to calls for government action to protect vulnerable residents. Article examines whether formal legal regulation is the best way of protecting frail residents while also respecting the rights of owners and operators. The analysis is based recent experience in Israel, where regulations have been introduced but not implemented.

SOCIAL THEORY, SOCIAL POLICY AND AGEING: A CRITICAL INTRODUCTION

C.L. Estes, S. Biggs and C. Phillipson

Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 2003

In this book three leading social theorists of old age present a critical review of key theoretical developments and issues influencing the study of adult ageing. The authors explore contemporary trends in social policy drawing on the experience of ageing in the USA, Europe and an increasingly global environment. Particular attention is given to feminist perspectives on ageing, ethics and bio-medicine, successful and productive ageing, globalization and migration and the politics of ageing. Consideration is given in each case to the interaction between structural influences on social ageing and the experience of age and identity. The work ends with a manifesto for social theory, social policy and social change.

SUPPORT FOR CARERS OF OLDER PEOPLE: THE ROLES OF THE PUBLIC AND VOLUNTARY SECTORS IN SWEDEN

M. Jegermalm

Social Policy and Administration, vol.37, 2003, p.756-771

Study examined the support services offered to informal carers of older people in Sweden. Data were collected through postal surveys of municipalities and voluntary organisations in 1999 and 2001. Results showed that only the municipalities provided direct forms of relief service, day care and financial support. The voluntary organisations offered support groups and training for carers and services for older care users themselves. There was a significant increase between 1999 and 2001 in the number of municipalities providing information material and training for carers. On the other hand, no growth in support offered by voluntary organisations was found. In this respect, Sweden differs from other European countries.

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