Who Cares For The Elderly: Public Policy and the Experiences of Adult Daughters

Who Cares For The Elderly: Public Policy and the Experiences of Adult Daughters

by Emily Abel
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As Abel points out, society still expects adult daughters to provide live-in, long-term care for their elderly parents--often at the expense of career and private life. The author calls this assumption a consequence of the lingering ideal of woman as a saintly Florence Nightingale, and of the government's failure to provide noninstitutional geriatric care. Basing her scholarly study on interviews with 50 adult daughters, Abel, who teaches public health at UCLA, observes that along with chores, their responsibility for decisions affecting their parents requires a sometimes stressful role-reversal, especially in cases of dementia. Some form of financial compensation or tax relief, support services (transportation, day care centers, etc.), education and therapy groups for caregivers, are among the author's proposals for easing the daughters' burdens. (June)
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"[A] timely exposé of how women are forced to bear extra care-giving burdens by the inadequacy and indifference of U.S. long-term care systems."
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"As Abel points out, society still expects adult daughters to provide live-in, long-term care for their elderly parents—often at the expense of career and private life.... Some form of financial compensation or relief, support services (transportation, day care centers, etc.), education and therapy groups for caregivers, are among the author's proposals for easing the daughters' burdens."
Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877228141
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
04/30/1991
Series:
Women In The Political Economy Series
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Emily K. Abel is Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has published several books and is co-editor (with Margaret K. Nelson) of Circles of Care: Work and Identity in Women's Lives.

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