Lecture 8 - Should Families Provide for Their Own

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Should Families Provide for Their Own? Lecture 8
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Adult Children as Caregivers Government aid for elder care is declining As costs of health and social care of older people is rising, assumption is that it will be met by the family. However, the capacity of the family it itself being threatened by demographics Increased longevity  increased risk of disability Smaller family size, increased labor force participation by women, high rates of divorce, shorter acute care hospital stays
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Adult Children as Caregivers Family members provide 75% to 80% of elder care now Institutional care only takes care of about 5% but consumes the lion share of the $ Formal care can either substitute, support or complement informal care.
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Level of Formal Care Demographic characteristics of the patient – race, gender, education, and SES. Family structure – those elderly with no family or living alone more apt to receive formal care
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Availability of a spouse
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2011 for the course PUBLIC HEA 243 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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