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Help from spouse and from children among older people with functional limitations: comparison of England and Finland

Authors:
BLOMGREN Jenni, et al
Journal article citation:
Ageing and Society, 32(6), August 2012, pp.905-933.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

This study, using nationally representative data from England and Finland, investigated receipt of help from spouse and children among community-dwelling people aged 70+ years with functional limitations. In both countries, women and those with more functional limitations had higher odds of receiving spousal and filial help. In England, but not in Finland, those receiving formal public help had lower odds of receiving spousal help than those with no formal help. Those with low education received more filial help in England, but no association was found between formal and filial help. In Finland, the effect of education was not significant but those receiving formal help had higher odds of also receiving filial help. The results suggest that in a liberal market-led state, the role of children may be to help their parents living alone and with low financial resources. The authors concluded that, in the context of a generous welfare state, children may function more as active agents bridging the gap between their parents and traditional services.

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Attitudes to inheritance in Britain

Author:
JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
York

With more families owning their own homes, more people will both bequeath and inherit assets. A key issue that this raises for social policy is whether people maintain their assets to leave as bequests (potentially raising the living standards of their children) or use them in later life to improve their own living standards. Almost half (46 per cent) of adults have inherited something. Most inheritances involve relatively small amounts; but 5 per cent of people have inherited £50,000 or more. Professional white owner-occupiers are most likely to receive an inheritance. The researchers conclude that inheritance plays an important part in many people’s lives but has not generally become entrenched as an expectation or duty. Most older people are willing to use their assets for themselves, rationally using some of their lifetime assets to meet needs in later life.

Journal article

Seniors, small fry, and song: a group work libretto of an intergenerational singing group

Authors:
CUSICANQUI Miriam, SALMON Robert
Journal article citation:
Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 44(1/2), 2004, pp.189-210.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

This article discusses the develoment of an intergenerational singing group, which included children in elementary school and older people living in a residence run by a settlement house in New York City. The idea for the programme, the challenges to its development and implementation, and the stages of its development as it evolved, are described. The importance of clarity of purpose for activities is emphasized. While largely successful, the lack of knowledge and understanding of the group work approach on the part of some of the professional staff adversely influenced the outcome. Includes a summary of research about groups of this kind and a review of the relevant social group work literature.

Journal article

Generations as partners

Author:
HOLLYWOOD Michele
Journal article citation:
Working with Older People, 8(1), March 2004, pp.12-13.
Publisher:
Emerald

Describes courses developed in West Sussex that encourage older people and children to spend time learning together.

Journal article

Social networks of elders without children

Authors:
GIRANDA Melanie, LUK James E., ATCHISON Kathryn A.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 31(1/2), 1999, pp.63-84.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Currently, one fifth of Americans over the age of 65 have no children. This article examines social integration patterns among four groups of older people in the USA: those without children; no proximal children; one proximal child; and two or more proximal children. Findings show elders without children are older, female, black, unmarried, living alone with lower incomes and more physical health problems than their counterparts. Differences between groups were found in family, confidant and mutual support dimensions of social networks.

Journal article

The therapeutic effect of play

Author:
SEROK Shagra
Journal article citation:
Changes an International Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy, 13(4), November 1995, pp.254-260.

Despite its importance in much analytic theory, play has been neglected as a therapeutic tool. Explores the use of play with two populations - children and older people.

Journal article

Still caring

Authors:
WRIGHT Fay, ALISON Virginia
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 22.8.91, 1991, pp.18-19.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Reports on research carried out by Age Concern and the Spastics Society into older people caring for an adult disabled child.

Journal article

The elderly and the young: a cooperative endeavor

Authors:
WRENN Rachel Miller, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 17(1/2), 1991, pp.93-104.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Reviews projects which involve children and elderly people for mutual benefit and support and discusses implications for social work practice of setting up intergenerational programmes.

Journal article

Care for more gruel?

Author:
MUIR C.
Journal article citation:
Social Work Today, 3.11.88, 1988, pp.20-21.
Publisher:
British Association of Social Workers

The importance of good nutrition in residential care.

Journal article

The experience of reception into residential care

Author:
BERRY Juliet
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Social Work, 2(4), 1972, pp.423-434.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

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