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Le soutien aux personnes âgées en perte d'autonomie: jusqu'où les baby-boomers pourront-ils compter sur leur famille pour répondre à leurs besoins ?


  • Jacques Légaré
  • Carolyne Alix
  • Yves Carrière
  • Janice Keefe


Projection of future needs for home care services typically uses current utilisation patterns and population ageing. Accurately assessing this need is much more complex since disability patterns among the elderly are changing and availability of caregivers is affected by changes in family structure. This paper projects annual growth rates between 2001-2031 in the need for informal and formal support among elderly in Quebec and discusses the policy implications of the increasing demand for informal caregivers. Using Statistics Canada Life Paths micro-simulation model, these projections incorporate disability rates and the upcoming availability of informal caregivers. The authors conclude that continued focus on family to meet the needs of elderly without increased formal support is not sustainable in the long term.

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  • Jacques Légaré & Carolyne Alix & Yves Carrière & Janice Keefe, 2006. "Le soutien aux personnes âgées en perte d'autonomie: jusqu'où les baby-boomers pourront-ils compter sur leur famille pour répondre à leurs besoins ?," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 157, McMaster University.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcm:sedapp:157

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    1. Yves Carrière & Jacques Légaré, 2000. "Unmet Needs for Assistance with ADLs and IADLs: A Measure of Healthy Life Expectancy," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 51(1), pages 107-124, July.
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    Population aging; caregiving; disability; informal and formal support; Quebec;

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    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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