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The Changing Contexts of Family Care in Canada


  • Carolyn J. Rosenthal


Over the past 20 to 30 years, the importance of families as providers of assistance to older Canadians has been well documented through research. However, over these decades, the contexts within which families exist and provide support have changed considerably. This paper examines changes over this time period which affect family support to older adults. Specific areas examined include: likelihood of having a parent alive; living arrangements; divorce and single-parenthood; women's labour force participation, and combining employment and care of older relatives. The paper concludes with an assessment of policy changes in health and long-term care as these affect older Canadians and their families.

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  • Carolyn J. Rosenthal, 1997. "The Changing Contexts of Family Care in Canada," Independence and Economic Security of the Older Population Research Papers 10, McMaster University.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcm:iesopp:10

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    1. Carolyn J. Rosenthal & Anne Martin-Matthews & Sarah H. Matthews, 1996. "Caught in the Middle? Occupancy in Multiple Roles and Help to Parents in a National Probability Sample of Canadian Adults," Independence and Economic Security of the Older Population Research Papers 4, McMaster University.
    2. Ellen M. Gee, 1990. "Demographic Change and Intergenerational Relations in Canadian Families: Findings and Social Policy Implications," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 16(2), pages 191-199, June.
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    family care; older population; policy change;

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    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • J18 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Public Policy

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