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

INDEPENDENCE IN ASSISTED LIVING

M.M. Ball and others

Journal of Ageing Studies, Vol.18, 2004, p.467-483

Retaining independence in old age is of primary concern to the majority of elderly people. The article explores the extent to which people can remain independent in assisted-living facilities (ALF). Interviews were held with residents and providers in 17 ALFs in Georgia. Results showed that maintaining even the most limited independence was valued strongly by both residents and providers as it helped residents to hold on to their identity.

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