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Type: Journal article
Title: The perspectives of older Greek-Australians toward changes in the nature of family support : implications for family care policies
Author: Walker, R.
Newman, L.
Tsianikas, M.
Panagiotopoulos, G.
Hurley, C.
Citation: Journal of Aging and Social Policy: a journal devoted to aging and social policy, 2013; 25(4):320-334
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 0895-9420
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Ruth Walker, Lareen Newman, Michael Tsianikas, Georgia Panagiotopoulos, Catherine Hurley
Abstract: Internationally, public policies encourage “aging in place,” and the majority of older Australians requiring care in the community receive informal care, supplemented by publicly subsidized formal services. The effect of contemporary social changes on informal care in aging migrant communities is poorly understood. This articles explores the perceptions of older Greek-Australians toward changes in the nature of family support. Bicultural and bilingual researchers carried out in-depth interviews (n = 27) and five focus groups (n = 63 total participants) with older Greek-Australians in modern Greek. While “cultures of care” remain among Greek-Australian families, the means for a family to assist have shifted, and these compromises are met with considerable powerlessness among older Greek-Australians. Implications for policy include the need to better involve older migrants and their families in decisions about their care needs, potentially involving consumer-directed care models. Service providers may also need to adopt the use of new technologies to communicate with increasingly time-pressured family members.
Keywords: Aging
family care
Greek- Australian
informal support
intergenerational suppor
social care
Rights: Copyright © Taylor & Francis
DOI: 10.1080/08959420.2013.816194
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