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The oldest old: caregiving or social support?

Prevention in Human Services

Author: Bould, S.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1990


The distinction between caregiving & social support-ie, caregiving implies dependence, while social support implies interdependence - is especially critical for the oldest old. Interdependence permits self-determination, allowing the elders to remain in charge of their lives. However, examination of the needs & resources of the oldest old indicates that they are at high risk for anxious adult children assuming premature caregiving roles. It is suggested that intervention strategies should aim to prevent caregiving by encouraging families to strengthen social support networks in general & helping networks, in particular, in order to promote interdependence. Further, community supports should be designed to enhance & supplement helping networks.

Further Details

Pages: 235-251
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Accession Number: 18.3.03
Electronic Resource Number: 10.1300/J293v09n01_15
Keywords: older, carer
Reads: 189