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Elder care and dependence: no longer just a women’s concern?

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  • Carole Bonnet
  • Emmanuelle Cambois
  • Chantal Cases
  • Joëlle Gaymu

As people grow older, they face an increasing risk of loss of autonomy. When assistance with the activities of daily living becomes indispensable, this leads to dependence. Women live for longer than men, and outnumber them at advanced ages. They are also more frequently affected by disabilities so they currently represent the majority of elderly dependent persons receiving home care. Women are also the main care providers in the family. It is they who assume the major burden of care for an elderly parent or spouse. In coming decades, the elder population will increase, with a growing proportion of men among dependent persons and among potential caregivers. Will this lead to a rebalancing of family roles? And if so, what form will they take? Will there be an increase in professional home care? And will costs be borne at individual or collective level?

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Paper provided by Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED) in its series Population and Societies with number 483.

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Date of creation: Nov 2012
Handle: RePEc:idg:posoce:483
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