Caregiving in Social Context

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ed Rosenberg Ph.D., Professor & Director of Graduate Studies (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The heterogeneity of family caregiving is explored with specific emphasis on differences by gender, age, race, and area of residence. The aging of the population and other social structural changes during the next several decades will simultaneously increase the size of the population in need of long-term care and constrain the options available to frail elders and their care providers. Research suggests that there will be particularly deleterious consequences for women, older elders, nonwhites, and those who live in rural areas. In addition to these social characteristics, elder abuse and neglect, negative outcomes sometimes associated with caregiving, and the importance of linkages between formal and informal providers are discussed. Finally, the many contributions of older people to society and the fact that most elders are aging well are addressed. The modification of curricula to reflect caregiving in social context will enhance training programs designed for formal and informal providers who work with impaired elders and formal courses available to students in academic institutions. The latter represent future decision makers who will have the opportunity to influence public policies and intervention strategies whose benefits will redound to frail elders and their care providers.

Additional Information

Dwyer, J. W., Folts, W. E., & Rosenberg, E. (1994). Caregiving in social context. Educational Gerontology, 20(7): 615-631. (Oct/Nov 1994) Published by Taylor & Francis (ISSN: 0360-1277). Original version available at:
Language: English
Date: 1994

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