Ageing and development in South Africa

Peter Lloyd-Sherlock

in Population ageing and international development

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9781847421920
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303022 | DOI:
Ageing and development in South Africa

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In this chapter, the study deals with the issue of social relations in later life, paying particular attention to family dynamics, the effects of migration and the provision of care for those in need. It begins by examining trends in family structures and patterns of living arrangements across developing countries, and then considers their implications for older people's wellbeing. Migration has varied implications for older people's social relations and wellbeing as well. The chapter explores its effects on them, including the issue of long-term care and how most governments fail to provide and adopt policies to support and oversee family and private sector provision. Throughout the chapter, particular attention is paid to gender issues and how they play a major part in shaping social relations and underpin the functioning of households and other informal institutions.

Keywords: social relations; later life; family dynamics; migration; family structures; gender issues

Chapter.  10941 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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