Traditional family has the most to offer. The investment in building your family is done for a number of reasons. The time you take to build the solidity, functionality, and unity means more resources, flexibility, personalized care, and privacy as the family takes on caregiving for their own as they age.
The situation in the USA seems to be a bit different to the UK in that more of the care for the elderly is done by family. In 2013 about 40% adults identified themselves as “family caregivers”. This level of caregiving provides “most assistance to support chronically disabled older people (aged 65 years and older) to live in the community rather than in specialised care facilities”. However there is real concern that this system is not able to continue as the baby boomer generation approaches retirement age.
Finally, in China the trouble is that it is getting old before it gets rich. This means that expensive support systems for the elderly may be out of China’s ability to provide. On the other hand, the traditional family structure which provides support and care for elderly relatives is breaking down (as we’ve seen before on this blog). Lancet reports that a more Western style of care (entering into a rest home) is becoming more common as a result of the one-child policy and massive urbanisation.
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Christian Love (Puritan Paperbacks)
Family Reformation: The Legacy of Sola Scriptura in Calvin’s Geneva
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Grandma’s Moving In! (Learning to Care Series)