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Reciprocal patterns of support of very old people and their families
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4149-9787
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Ersta Sköndal University College, Sweden .ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9702-2043
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Natural Science and Biomedicine. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT. Ersta Sköndal University College, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9042-4832
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Penn State University, State College, USA.
2016 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Introduction: The aging population is often considered as a threat that will deplete family and societal resources. Yet older people may be a resource, giving support and care to their family. The aim of this study is to analyze patterns of giving and receiving support by the oldest old with their family. Method: Data were used from the OCTO2- study, a Swedish population-based sample of 171 women and 156 men, 75–90  years. Respondents completed the Intergenerational Support Index to examine patterns of receiving and giving care and support and factors associated with support exchanges. Results: Results showed that the oldest old gave as much support as they received within the family. Most of the older persons receiving formal help from the community (79%) continued giving support to family. The most common types of support given and received within the family were emotional (89% given, 90% received) and practical (44% given, 46% received). Older persons gave more financial support (26%) than they received (2%). Age, gender, functioning in daily life activities and satisfaction with life were associated with giving different types of family support. Conclusion: Old-old people in Sweden are not just consumers of care, but are involved in reciprocal patterns as receivers and providers of care and support. It is not a simple opposition between being a giver and receiver of informal support simultaneously, but more knowledge is needed about the complex interplay between various form of care and support.

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2016.
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The Gerontologist, ISSN 0016-9013 ; 56(Suppl. 3):215
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Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34652DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnw162.847ISI: 000388585001036OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-34652DiVA: diva2:1063672
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The Gerontological Society of America's 69th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, November 16-20, 2016.
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Supplement: New Lens on Aging: Changing Attitudes, Expanding Possibilities

Available from: 2017-01-10 Created: 2017-01-10 Last updated: 2017-05-10Bibliographically approved

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