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Francesca Degiuli

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989010

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989010.001.0001

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The Changing Landscape of Eldercare

The Changing Landscape of Eldercare

(p.1) 1 The Changing Landscape of Eldercare
Caring for a Living

Francesca Degiuli

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 provides an overview of the demographic trends behind the progressive “graying” of the world’s population and the growing need for long-term care associated with it. In the process the chapter shows that aging is not an individual issue rather the product of technological, economic and cultural transformations that have taken places over centuries. The chapter then investigates the difficulties that states and families encounter in providing such care due in part to changes at the political, the social and the cultural level such as increased female participation in the labor market, increased geographic mobility, progressive deconstruction of extended and even nuclear families and a restructuring of welfare states linked to current neoliberal ideologies. Finally, the chapter analyzes the impact of adopting market-oriented ideologies and mechanisms to address the growing need for long-term care and its different outcomes in different societies of the Global North.

Keywords:   aging, fertility, mortality, long-term care for the elders, transformation of the family as an institution, increased female participation in the labor market, care work

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