Caring of Elderly By Their Families: Roles and Challenges in Ageing Societies

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC11 Sociology of Aging (host committee)

Language: English

Population ageing is one of the glaring consequences of demographic transition. Urbanization, modernization and globalization have led to changes in economic structure and the erosion of societal values and social institutions, such as the joint family in India. In this changing economic and social milieu, the younger generation is searching for new identities encompassing economic independence and redefined social roles within, as well as outside, the family. While family care of elderly can be a genuinely rewarding experience, the caregivers often face common challenges that leave them overwhelmed, anxious and also  scared by their duties. Indeveloping nations, taking care of the elderly is accepted as an important responsibility in families.  Family care brings generations closer, but sometimes, it causes strains in family relationships. Conflicts may arise on issues such as health care decisions, financial and living arrangements, or communication.It is essential that families look at elderly family members with compassion and find effective solutions to the logistics of care-giving, which can help family relationships stay healthy and intact.This session is, therefore, a timely opportunity to review the study of the evolving roles of family members in care-giving to older adults, the impact of assuming these roles onthe health and well-being of caregivers, the challenges faced by  middle and working class families in developing nations, and to critically explore future challenges and economics of family care giving.For this session, we invite theoretical, empirical and methodological submissions addressing the broad theme of family care of the elderly.
Session Organizer:
Jacob KATTAKAYAM, Sociology, India
Jacob KATTAKAYAM, Sociology, India
Oral Presentations
Changing Roles of the Wife and the Husband in Care-Giving to Their Older Parents in Japan
Reiko YAMATO, Faculty of Sociology, Kansai University, Japan
I Am Alone and I Am Here! Ageing in an Old Age Home in Kerala, India
Nisha NELSON, Loyola College of Social Sciences, India
Informal Care Giving in Old Age : Exploring Opportunities and Challenges in Lagos State, Nigeria
Omobolanle AMAIKE, Department of Sociology, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Distributed Papers
Informal Care for Elderly Women-Challenges and Possibilities
Chitra NAIR, K NM Govt. College, Kanjiramkulam, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
The Depressed Class of Elderly: Case Studies of Elderly Populace Among Lower Income Households
Sumita SAHA, Presidency University, India; Somrita SENGUPTA, RABINDRA BHARATI UNIVERSITY, India
Trajectories of at-Home Geriatric Caregiving
Anagha TENDULKAR - PATIL, Sophia College for Women, India; Shirly GEORGE, St Andrew's College, India
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