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Caring for the Elderly: Global Perspectives -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Wienclaw, Ruth A.;

2009 / EBSCO


Declining birth rates and increasing longevity around the globe have made the care of the elderly an international concern. Developed countries struggle to take care of the rapidly rising population of older adults. However, this problem is compounded in developing countries as industrialization and modernization bring with them major changes in culture and society. Contrary to modernization theory, however, these changes do not necessarily result in a marginalization of older people nor does every society and culture respond in the same way to the tension between modernization and the care of the elderly. Traditional values persist in some areas despite modernization, and formal or government programs may be put in place to encourage familial care of the elderly.