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Older people from South Asia: cross-national sample selection in India, Bangladesh and United Kingdom

Author:
BURHOLT Vanessa
Journal article citation:
Generations Review, 11(4), December 2001, pp.4-7.
Publisher:
British Society of Gerontology

Reports on first stages of a cross-national study which examines the impact of migration of family members on sources of help and support to older members of Gujarati, Punjabi and Sylheti families living in the United Kingdom, India and Bangladesh. Samples of people aged 55 and over were drawn from the UK and Asia. The UK sample was drawn from Gujarati, Punjabi and Sylheti elders in Birmingham via contacts established through local ethnic associations and the use of a 'snowball' technique. Looks at progress to date and discusses problems encountered in sampling the populations.

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Negotiating challenges: social development in Asia

Author:
OW Rosaleen
Journal article citation:
Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 20(1), June 2010, pp.82-94.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

This paper reflects on the concerns of social development and the contribution of social work in Asia as one of the many forces in social change and development. In Asia, the vision in professional social work is contributing to the goal of building communities and a better society for individual betterment. Within this vision, social development is perceived as part and parcel of professional social work in tune with the socio-cultural, economic, and political context of the society in which it is practiced. However, the linkages between local concerns in Asia and global concerns are inevitable. Some examples from Asian countries are used as illustrations, specifically looking at older people, poverty, children, and migrants. The conclusion is that social development involves more than government initiatives, social philanthropy, and professional social work. Social work’s involvement in social development also includes helping to galvanise the participation of beneficiaries of social development at the local level and to engage the political will of policymakers and the business community in the global platform.

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The Madrid Plan of Action on Ageing 2002 and social work

Author:
GEORGE Janet
Journal article citation:
Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 15(1), June 2005, pp.51-61.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

United Nations policy on ageing is articulated in the 2002 Madrid Plan of Action on Ageing directed to needs arising from the rapid demographic ageing of population globally. This article considers the direction, strengths and limitations of this global Plan of Action and the inferences for social work in the diverse Asia-Pacific region.

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Factors influencing older persons' residential satisfaction in big and densely populated cities in Asia: a case study in Hong Kong

Authors:
PHILLIPS David R., et al
Journal article citation:
Ageing International, 29(1), Winter 2004, pp.46-70.
Publisher:
Springer
Place of publication:
New York

Factors that might impact on older persons' residential satisfaction were explored in Hong Kong in terms of 'domains' with elements: structural (interior and exterior characteristics, security concerns), informal (family, friends, neighbours) and formal (social services, community facilities). A random sample of 518 residents 60 or over in housing arrangements including private/public and new/old were interviewed. Hierarchical regression analysis models revealed the structural domain had the strongest tie with residential satisfaction. Formal and informal types of support were generally unrelated to residential satisfaction. Further investigation showed all 3 elements of the structural domain contributed unique variance to residential satisfaction. Satisfaction with community facilities, an element of the formal domain, was related to residential satisfaction even when variations from other domains were accounted for. When all 3 were simultaneously analysed for their contribution all elements of the structural and the community facilities element of the formal contributed to unique variance. Implications for policy makers in designing home settings for older persons in Hong Kong and other Asian cities are discussed.

Book

Long-term care in the 21st century: perspectives from around the Asia-Pacific rim

Editor:
CHI Iris
Publisher:
Haworth Press
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
249p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Binghamton, NY

Discusses policies and programmes for long-term care in seven countries around the Asia-Pacific Rim: the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Each country is covered in two chapters, one to examine the philosophy and values that underlie its approaches to long-term care, the second to discuss its systems of service delivery.The book provides practical information on essential gerontological issues for each country, including: financing arrangements; development of client classification systems; case management in both residential and community-based systems; key source documents, references, and Web sites; political and cultural influences; and home-based and family caregiving

Book

Voices of older people from Asia-Pacific

Author:
HELPAGE INTERNATIONAL
Publisher:
HelpAge International
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
16p.
Place of publication:
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Poor older people across the Asia Pacific region have long been worried about poverty and poor health. Reductions in support provided by the traditional extended family, and the impacts of HIV/AIDS and emergencies, are more recent concerns. Two underlying issues are social, political and economic exclusion, and gender biases. Poor older people are excluded by design or by default from a range of programmes.

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