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


  • 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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  • Carole Bonnet & Emmanuelle Cambois & Chantal Cases & Joëlle Gaymu, 2012. "Elder care and dependence: no longer just a women’s concern?," Population and Societies 483, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED).
  • Handle: RePEc:idg:posoce:483

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    1. Gilles Pison, 2009. "France 2008: why are birth numbers still rising?," Population and Societies 454, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED).
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    1. Christelle Hamel & Wilfried Rault & Rnité de recherche Démographie, genre et sociétés, 2014. "A demographic perspective on gender inequality," Population and Societies 517, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED).

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