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Demographic Change and Kin Relationships in Later Life


Uhlenberg, Peter (1993). Demographic Change and Kin Relationships in Later Life. Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 13(1), 219-238.


Both applied and theoretical researchers are interested in the persisting importance of kinship ties for the elderly in modern society. Despite vast social change during the past century, most individuals continue to maintain significant kinbased relationships during the entire course of their lives. And, despite a great expansion in the welfare role of the state, most person still rely on these kin relationships for a great deal of physical, emotional, and social support through their later years of life. But what about the future? Will kin continue to be a strong source of support and caregiving for the elderly? Informed discussion of the future of aging the level of need for alternative sources of support for the growing number of older persons requires an answer to this question.


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Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics


Uhlenberg, Peter