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Elderly carers : the need for appropriate intervention
Author(s)G. Clare Wenger
Journal titleAgeing and Society, vol 10, part 2, June 1990
Pagespp 197-219
KeywordsParents over 60 as carers.
AnnotationThe literature on caring and carers has tended to emphasise the care of aged parents by middle-aged daughters. A recent government survey, however, has drawn attention to the fact that a substantial proportion of all carers are themselves elderly. This paper focuses on elderly carers. It shows that at least a third of elderly people can expect to become carers during retirement. Older carers differ from younger carers in that they care for shorter periods; are more likely to provide intimate personal care and heavy nursing tasks associated with terminal care; and to be caring for their most significant other, usually a spouse. It is suggested that elderly carers represent a sub-group of carers with special needs not necessarily met by present service provision. Some more appropriate interventions are suggested. (KJ).
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