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Homeward Bound: Modern Families, Elder Care, and Loss

Amy Ziettlow and Naomi Cahn


Homeward Bound shows that as family structure becomes more complex, so too does elder care. Existing institutions and legal approaches are not prepared to handle those complexities. As 79 million American Baby Boomers grow older, their diverse family structures mean the burden of care will fall on a different cast of family members than in the past. Our current approaches to elder care are based on an outdated caregiving model that presumes life-long connection between the parents and offspring, with the existence of high internal norm cohesion among family members providing a valuable safety ... More

Keywords: elder care, elder law, caregiving, Baby Boomer, hospice, death, dying, aging, stepparent, parent

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190261092
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190261092.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Ziettlow, author
Affiliate Scholar, Institute for American Values

Naomi Cahn, author
Professor of Law, George Washington University