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Families in later life

Pat Chambers, Graham Allan, Chris Phillipson and Mo Ray

in Family practices in later life

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420534
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302346 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420534.003.0002
Families in later life

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This chapter examines changing relationships and practices experienced by older people in the later stage of the lifecourse. It notes that, historically, the family has been viewed as a central source of support for older people, notably in periods of ill-health and dependency. It argues that intergenerational ties have been demonstrated to be more complex than previously understood, with transfers of various kinds of supporting flowing downwards as well as upwards. A key observation is that it is probably now more helpful to think of different types of family life in old age, reflecting different social, biographical, class, gender, and ethnic-based relationships.

Keywords: older people; lifecourse; family; ill-health; dependency; intergenerational ties; relationships

Chapter.  5915 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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