Care-seeking Attitudes of Older Persons

Thomas Boggatz

in Growing Old in Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9789774164552
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970412 | DOI:
Care-seeking Attitudes of Older Persons

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Although care facilities in Egypt seem to be limited compared to the estimated need, this is not necessarily a problem. People have to demand such services, and this demand is not necessarily a consequence of existing needs. It requires thought and effort to demand care. This chapter gives a detailed account of a theoretical framework of factors that produce different kinds of care-seeking attitudes. Such attitudes are not simply a result of needs. Older persons may dislike receiving support for several reasons, even though they suffer from reduced self-help abilities. In other cases they may demand some kind of support, but their need may be debatable. After these general theoretical considerations, this chapter focuses on the perspective of older Egyptians.

Keywords: care facilities; care-seeking attitudes; self-help abilities; theoretical considerations; older Egyptians

Chapter.  3722 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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