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3. Feeling low support is common among grandparental caregivers, and the children sometimes suffer as well. Although the grandparents usually take on this role willingly, they may receive benefits if they give up rights to the child and step in as foster parents to their own grandchild. Some support groups are developing. 107. When a child’s parents divorce, the (usually maternal) grandparents might step in to help out financially and supportively. There have been discussions about grandparents’ rights , for visitation to see their grandchildren, but in most cases the parents’ wishes take precedence. When a child’s grandparents divorce/remarry, some changes in the relationships may likely occur. 108. Friendships play a vital role in the lives of the elderly, especially women. After losses, friendships may even become deeper, and elders choose friends in their own cohorts rather than intergenerational relationships. 109. Positive interventions for elders’ support have a great effect on the person’s P-E outlook and reactions. It can be done in many ways, using support groups, community efforts, intergenerational bonding; it can occur through mutual help networks which happen spontaneously such as neighbors etc, and through neighborhood and community building with the work of community lobbyists etc. Natural helpers are people who assist others because of their concern, and gatekeepers are those who regularly interact with elders, both formal and informal, and can look out for signs of distress. Another great form of help is intergenerational programming , in which the elders’ talents and acquisitions are facilitated to help the younger generation in the community, e.g. phone support, foster grandparents, and so on. 110. Although there is little empirical research as of yet on the effects of pet ownership with older adults, it seems to have a positive effect in many aspects, and the use of animal-assisted therapy is growing.
17 SOCIAL GERENTOLOGY REVIEW ANSWERS CHAPTER 10: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF INFORMAL CAREGIVING 111. Informal caregiving is the non-medical help for elders, including ADL’s and IADL’s. Daughters, sons, friends, neighbors, etc. can all play this role, and physical distance is not that much of a blockage as emotional distance. 112. Informal care has some benefits to society, as this saves a lot of money on healthcare. However, families may find themselves struggling to take care of an elder who was released from the hospital (e.g.) due to cost-cutting from Medicaid. Primary stressors (direct cause of elder’s illness) and secondary stressors (e.g. role strain, deterioration of caregiver’s self esteem, etc.) may arise, and create a sense of burden that is divided into two: Subjective Burden – emotional reactions such as grief, loneliness, depression, worry, guilt, anger, etc.

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