Ageing in Asia: Asia’s Position in the New Global Demography by Roger Goodman, Sarah Harper

By Roger Goodman, Sarah Harper

The quantity takes 4 key topics on the topic of growing older – the event of previous age; intergenerational family; economics of and social coverage for aging; sturdiness and the tradition of getting older - and examines how those concerns are rising in several areas of Asia, in particular, the previous Soviet Union, South Asia, China, Japan and South-East Asia. In putting those Asian circumstances reports within the broader context of debates approximately, and guidelines on, growing older extra more often than not, it brings them into the mainstream of comparative learn on getting old from which they've been too usually excluded. because the stories exhibit, the connection among getting older and poverty is a fancy one and infrequently displays coverage in the direction of the elderly instead of that the elderly themselves are unproductive and based. ageing, additionally, can now not be regarded as easily a countrywide query; we additionally have to think of the consequences of its international measurement by way of matters resembling human rights and caliber of life.

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Source: Ikels (2004b). The table reveals a somewhat higher level of need in the 1998 population that can probably be attributed to its higher age—25% of the 1987 elders, but 36% of the 1998 elders are 80 or older. Table 2 indicates the sources of support received by the elders. Table 2. 0 a Percentages do not total 100 due to rounding. Source: Ikels (2004b). Four observations stand out. 1% in 1998. 8% in 1987 to 25% in 1998. Third, the range of support services was more diverse in 1998 than in 1987.

2003, p. 157) concluded that although co-resident children are more likely to help with household chores, “for other kinds of assistance studied here, we are surprised to learn that children who live separately but nearby are about as likely to provide assistance as coresident children”, but they too found that distance makes a difference. In my own longitudinal study conducted in two urban districts in Guangzhou, I had the opportunity to examine in detail the nature of the impact of housing reform on the support of elderly parents.

E. family care) over institutional care, but declined to develop the support services that would facilitate such care. g. praising a longtime caregiver who bravely excavated the impacted bowels of her mother-in-law), thereby rendering trivial anyone else’s 40 complaints about “caregiver burden”. More recently, however, Chinese scholars have vigorously argued that the government cannot expect families, especially rural families, to provide adequate care without extensive support services (Mu & Yao, 2002).

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