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The changing face of rural life and the consequences for the elderly

Rural Sociological Society

Author: Cape, E. A.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1981

Abstract:

Considered are the social effects of demographic & industrial change on the support system of the rural elderly. Discussion is organized around a typology of support services: kin networks, paid home care, & institutionalisation. The presentation is based on background data from a forthcoming study of the rural aged in an isolated farming region of southern Ontario. In spite of the fact that the rural social system is supported by a network of primary relationships, the present data suggest that the ability & even the willingness of rural society to care for its aging members are declining. Moreover, current attempts to replace an eroding commercial base for community life with social & recreational pursuits tend to further isolate the rural elderly.

Further Details

Accession Number: 27.3.03
Keywords: North America, older
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