Aging and the Family

Theory and Research

Author: Rosemary H. Blieszner,Victoria Hilkevitch Bedford

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275956974

Category: Social Science

Page: 536

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This is a comprehensive overview on the theory and research of family relationships, the contexts of family life, and major turning points in late-life families. It includes suggestions for theoretical and practical applications for future research on a score of topics.

Family Ties and Aging

Author: Ingrid Arnet Connidis,Amanda E. Barnett

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483309959

Category: Social Science

Page: 496

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Providing an integrated and thorough representation from current research and contemporary society, Family Ties and Aging shows how pressing issues of our time—an aging population, changing family structures, and new patterns of work-family balance—are negotiated in the family lives of middle-aged and older adults. Focusing on key questions such as "How do current trends and social arrangements affect family relationships?" and "What are the implications of what we know for future research, theory, practice, and policy?" authors Ingrid Arnet Connidis and Amanda E. Barnett explore groups and relationships that are typically overlooked, including the unique family situations of older single and childless persons, sibling ties, older lesbian and gay adults, and new forms of intimate relationships. The Third Edition is thoroughly updated to include the latest research and theoretical developments, recent media coverage of related issues, and new information on intimate relationships in later life and elder neglect/abuse.

Global Aging and Its Challenge to Families

Author: Vern L. Bengtson,Ariela Lowenstein

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9780202366326

Category: Social Science

Page: 387

View: 9210

The recent explosion in population aging across the globe represents one of the most remarkable demographic changes in human history. There is much concern about population aging and its consequences for nations, for governments, and for individuals. It has often been noted that population aging will inevitably affect the economic stability of most countries and the policies of most state governments. What is less obvious, but equally important, is that population aging will profoundly affect families. Who will care for the growing numbers of tomorrow's very old members of societies? Will it be state governments? The aged themselves? Their families? The purpose of this volume is to examine consequences of global aging for families and intergenerational support, and for nations as they plan for the future. Four remarkable social changes during the past fifty years are highlighted: (1) Extension of the life course: A generation has been added to the average span of life over the past century; (2) Changes in the age structures of nations: Most nations today have many more elders, and many fewer children, than fifty years ago; (3) Changes in family structures and relationships: Some of these differences are the result of trends in family structure, notably higher divorce rates and the higher incidence of childbearing to single parents; (4) Changes in governmental responsibilities: In the last decade, governmental responsibility appears to have slowed or reversed as states reduce welfare expenditures. How will families respond to twenty-first-century problems associated with population aging? Will families indeed be important in the twenty-first century, or will kinship and the obligations across generations become increasingly irrelevant, replaced by "personal communities"? This volume goes a considerable distance to answer these critical issues for the twenty-first century. Vern L. Bengtson is an AARP/University Chair in Gerontology and Professor of Sociology, University of Southern California. Ariela Lowenstein is associate professor and head, Department of Aging Studies, University of Haifa, Israel.

Parenting Your Parents

Straight Talk About Aging in the Family

Author: Bart J. Mindszenthy,Michael Gordon

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1459710630

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 400

View: 7595

This latest, enhanced and updated edition will help guide the thinking of those challenged with aging in the family. Since the last edition in 2006, much has happened in the field of eldercare. There is now an increasing awareness of the complex challenges posed by the expanding aging population in North America. When our parents reach a certain age and have difficulty coping, we find ourselves wondering how to provide them with the kind of love, care, support, and attention they need, just as they have done for us all our lives. The third edition of Parenting Your Parents shows, through 24 case studies and the personal experiences of the authors, that you are not alone and offers crucial advice to help you along this difficult but rewarding journey. It also offers a new Vulnerability Index to measure what level of need your parents may have right now, as well as a financial planning section and resource directory.

Families Caring for an Aging America

Author: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,Health and Medicine Division,Board on Health Care Services,Committee on Family Caregiving for Older Adults

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309448093

Category: Medical

Page: 366

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Family caregiving affects millions of Americans every day, in all walks of life. At least 17.7 million individuals in the United States are caregivers of an older adult with a health or functional limitation. The nation’s family caregivers provide the lion’s share of long-term care for our older adult population. They are also central to older adults’ access to and receipt of health care and community-based social services. Yet the need to recognize and support caregivers is among the least appreciated challenges facing the aging U.S. population. Families Caring for an Aging America examines the prevalence and nature of family caregiving of older adults and the available evidence on the effectiveness of programs, supports, and other interventions designed to support family caregivers. This report also assesses and recommends policies to address the needs of family caregivers and to minimize the barriers that they encounter in trying to meet the needs of older adults.

Family Caregiving in the New Normal

Author: Joseph Gaugler,Robert L. Kane

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 012417129X

Category: Medical

Page: 404

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Family Caregiving in the New Normal discusses how the drastic economic changes that have occurred over the past few years have precipitated a new conversation on how family care for older adults will evolve in the future. This text summarizes the challenges and potential solutions scientists, policy makers, and clinical providers must address as they grapple with these changes, with a primary focus given to the elements that may impact how family caregiving is organized and addressed in subsequent decades, including sociodemographic trends like divorce, increased participation of women in the workforce, geographic mobility, fewer children in post-baby boom families, chronic illness trends, economic stressors, and the current policy environment. A section on the support of caregivers includes technology-based solutions that examine existing models, personal health records, and mobile applications, big data issues, decision-making support, person-centered approaches, crowd-sourced caregiving such as blogs and personal websites that have galvanized caregivers, and new methods to combine paid and unpaid forms of care. Provides a concise "roadmap" of the demographic, economic, health trends, and policy challenges facing family caregivers Presents potential solutions to caregiving so that scientists, policymakers, and clinical providers can best meet the needs of families and communities in the upcoming decades Includes in-depth, diverse stories of caregivers of persons with different diseases who share perspectives Covers person-centered care approaches to family caregiving that summarize effective community-based services of psychosocial intervention models Examines how existing efficacious models can more effectively reach and serve individual families

Care Managers: Working with the Aging Family

Author: Cathy Cress

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers

ISBN: 0763755850

Category: Medical

Page: 342

View: 3491

Care Managers: Working with the Aging Family addresses the unmet needs of care managers working with aging clients as well as the client's entire family. With its in-depth focus on the “ aging family system, this book fills a gap for medical case managers and geriatric care managers giving them tools to better meet the treatment goals of aging clients and their families, as the older clients move through the continuum of care in institutional based settings or community based settings. Care Managers: Working With the Aging Family uniquely focuses on helping the entire family unit through the process of death and dying, helping midlife siblings to work together to render care to aging parents. It adds proven techniques to the care manager repertoire such as family meetings, forgiveness, technology, and care giver assessment. It offers multiple tools to do an effective care plan so that both the needs of the family and the older client are met.

Parenting Your Parents

Support Strategies for Meeting the Challenge of Aging in the Family

Author: Bart J. Mindszenthy,Michael Gordon

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 9781550025521

Category: Self-Help

Page: 400

View: 4732

A valuable resource for anyone who needs advice on how to provide their elderly parents with the care and support they require.

The Family Guide to Aging Parents

Answers to Your Legal, Financial, and Healthcare Questions

Author: Carolyn Rosenblatt

Publisher: Familius

ISBN: 9781939629579

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 280

View: 2980

There are more than 43 million adult family caregivers caring for their aging parents and family members in the United States alone. While Boomers are about to enjoy retirement and the freedoms that come with a life well lived, the responsibility of caring for their aging parents is a key issue they unexpectedly face. The Boomer’s Guide to Aging Parents is the complete guide to help the caregiver understand the issues and be prepared for the realities. Covering everything from legal issues to what to do when your aging parent still wants to drive, The Boomer's Guide provides clear counsel for giving loving care and enjoying life after retirement.

Aging in the Family

Author: George E Dickinson,Brenda S. Sanders

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781138314863


Page: 176

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With a rapidly aging population throughout the world, the issue of larger percentages of older adults has repercussions for both policy and the job market. Whether a university student about to seek a full-time job or someone as a caregiver for an older person, Aging in the Family should enhance the reader's knowledge and skills. Main topics covered in this volume include marital status of older adults, support systems within families, crises within families with older adults, the resilience of older adults entering the latter stages of life, practical information involving caregiving, aging in place, and various social services for an aging population. The readers will be made aware of intergenerational interactions between older adults and other family members in various cultures. The role of ethnicity and socio-economic status in health issues of older adults will be discussed, as will the application of technology to an aging population. Though problems certainly exist as one ages, the overall thrust of the book strives to lean toward the positive aspects of growing old. Numerous theories exist to probe research and understanding of older adults in families. The relation between theory and research will be helpful to many students of aging in the family. Older adults generally are married, yet cohabitation and other options are alive and well today. Ageism, death and abuse unfortunately are issues with aging. Yet, most older adults in the US and Western Europe report living independently and being satisfied with their lives. Aging in the Family will be an interesting read for anyone wanting to learn about older adults and family relationships, as it exhibits both a theoretical and practical blend.

Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences

Author: Linda George,Kenneth Ferraro

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0124172857

Category: Psychology

Page: 552

View: 6669

Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, Eighth Edition, presents the extraordinary growth of research on aging individuals, populations, and the dynamic culmination of the life course, providing a comprehensive synthesis and review of the latest research findings in the social sciences of aging. As the complexities of population dynamics, cohort succession, and policy changes modify the world and its inhabitants in ways that must be vigilantly monitored so that aging research remains relevant and accurate, this completely revised edition not only includes the foundational, classic themes of aging research, but also a rich array of emerging topics and perspectives that advance the field in exciting ways. New topics include families, immigration, social factors, and cognition, caregiving, neighborhoods, and built environments, natural disasters, religion and health, and sexual behavior, amongst others. Covers the key areas in sociological gerontology research in one volume, with an 80% update of the material Headed up by returning editor Linda K. George, and new editor Kenneth Ferraro, highly respected voices and researchers within the sociology of aging discipline Assists basic researchers in keeping abreast of research and clinical findings Includes theory and methods, aging and social structure, social factors and social institutions, and aging and society Serves as a useful resource—an inspiration to those searching for ways to contribute to the aging enterprise, and a tribute to the rich bodies of scholarship that comprise aging research in the social sciences

Aging and the Indian Diaspora

Cosmopolitan Families in India and Abroad

Author: Sarah E. Lamb

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253003601

Category: Social Science

Page: 360

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The proliferation of old age homes and increasing numbers of elderly living alone are startling new phenomena in India. These trends are related to extensive overseas migration and the transnational dispersal of families. In this moving and insightful account, Sarah Lamb shows that older persons are innovative agents in the processes of social-cultural change. Lamb's study probes debates and cultural assumptions in both India and the United States regarding how best to age; the proper social-moral relationship among individuals, genders, families, the market, and the state; and ways of finding meaning in the human life course.

Aging with Care

Your Guide to Hiring and Managing Caregivers at Home

Author: Amanda Lambert,Leslie Eckford

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442281642

Category: Self-Help

Page: 252

View: 1345

With real stories throughout, this guide looks at how to find and hire the best in-home care for you or an elder in need of care. Two geriatric care experts reveal what the essential credentials and experience a home caregiver should have, pitfalls to avoid, hiring options and ways to reduce costs, and to create the right fit for aging at home.

The Dynamics of Aging Families

A Handbook for Adult Children

Author: John W. Gibson,Bonnie Brown Hartley

Publisher: Cambio Press

ISBN: 0972798587

Category: Adult children of aging parents

Page: 112

View: 4169


The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers

Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent

Author: Barry J. Jacobs

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781606237939

Category: Psychology

Page: 261

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Caring for a parent whose health is in decline turns the world upside down. The emotional fallout can be devastating, but it doesn't have to be that way. Empathic guidance from an expert who's been there can help. Through an account of two sisters and their ailing mother--interwoven with no-nonsense advice--The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers helps family members navigate tough decisions and make the most of their time together as they care for an aging parent. The author urges readers to be honest about the level of commitment they're able to make and emphasizes the need for clear communication within the family. While acknowledging their guilt, stress, and fatigue, he helps caregivers reaffirm emotional connections worn thin by the routine of daily care. This compassionate book will help families everywhere avoid burnout and preserve bonds during one of life's most difficult passages.

Balancing Work and Caregiving for Children, Adults, and Elders

Author: Margaret B. Neal

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0803942826

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 292

View: 9466

Exploring how caregivers juggle their responsibilities of work and family, the authors of this volume suggest that dependant care needs to be addressed as a corporate, family and community concern. Drawing from literature as well as from their own extensive research, they present a thorough investigation of the stress factors experienced by workers caught between the frequently conflicting demands of these two roles. Policies, benefits and services reviewed range from approaches that intervene in the caregiving process to those that change the world of work with such alternatives as flexible working hours, child-care facilities and tax credits for dependant care.

Aging and the Digital Life Course

Author: David Prendergast,Chiara Garattini

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1785335014

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

View: 5298

Across the life course, new forms of community, ways of keeping in contact, and practices for engaging in work, healthcare, retail, learning and leisure are evolving rapidly. This book examines how developments in smart phones, the Internet, cloud computing, and online social networking are redefining experiences and expectations around growing older in the twenty-first century. Drawing on contributions from leading commentators and researchers across the world, this book explores key themes such as caregiving, the use of social media, robotics, chronic disease and dementia management, gaming, migration, and data inheritance, to name a few.

Caring for Your Aging Parents

When Love Is Not Enough

Author: Barbara Deane

Publisher: Navpress Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780891095781

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 276

View: 9241

If you provide care for your elderly parents, this book will give you the helpful information you need. Includes resource lists.