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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2005): Care of the Elderly - Overseas

LIVING LONGER: AGING, DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL PROTECTION

P. Lloyd-Sherlock

London: Zed Books, 2005

Accelerated population aging is a global trend. It has long been a significant issue for developed countries, and it now becoming one for the developing world. The well-being and quality of life of older people are strongly conditioned by their capacity to manage rapid and complex change. Social protection, both formal and informal, can play a key role in mediating these processes. The book is divided into three sections:

  • the first explores the well-being of older people in different development contexts, examining their experiences in the UK, Brazil, Ukraine and China;
  • the second section focuses on formal social protection and long-term care provision, including health policy and pension programmes;
  • the third considers informal social protection and the care economy. This is explored with reference to inter-generational relationships, the impact of HIV/AIDS on older people, and wider philosophical discussion of care and social justice.

MINDING THE MONEY: A GROWING RESPONSIBILITY FOR INFORMAL CARERS

C. Tilse and others

Ageing and Society, vol.25, 2005, p.215-227

The prudent management of older people's growing assets is becoming increasingly important in the maintenance of their standard of living and quality of life. The management task is complicated by changing welfare policy and service context, a growing interest in inter-generational transfers and conflicts between older people, their families and the state regarding use of an older person's assets. Paper explores the role that family and friends play in managing the assets of older people in Australia, examining the tasks they assist in and the processes they use. Findings show that "minding the money" is a common informal care task, often undertaken in the private sphere using risky practices.

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