What are the reasons for increasing life expectancy and the effects of increasing life expectancy?
people living longer, basic hygiene, less poverty, medical tech, elder care, cultural practices lost
Most people die of chronic illnesses, most people need care at some point
Similarities and differences caring for young versus aging family members?
- Who does the care? women, adult daughters/ in law, spouses and men 25-30% of adult children
- What is the sandwich generation? traditional, caregivers sandwiched between aging parents and chilren
- What is a club sandwich? in 50's between aging parents and adult children/ grand kids or 30/40's
elder care is unexpected crisis event, child care decreases, elder care increases over time, possible ways to care of elders
Importance of competence and meaningful relationships:
- ADLs: Activities of Daily living, everyday functions and activities that people usually do w/o help (dressing/ eating)
- IADLs: Instrumental activities of daily living, taskes that you must be able to perform in order to live truly live independently, (shopping, laundry)
born to handle these, important throughout lifespan
Losses of aging/role reversals:
start being treated like a child, adult children become caregivers
Care recipients want to care for caregivers:
elders hide symptoms, doesnt want to be a burden
How can individuals manage changes in parent-adult child relationships?
adapt over time, coping strategies, decreased stress, pos meaning
Finding positive meaning in caregiving?
gratification, satisfaction, reciprocity, friendship, committment, personal growth,