Women and Intergenerational
Caregiving in Families:
Structure, Ethnicity, and
Building Family Ties
Carol M. Musil
Camille B. Warner
Eleanor P. Stoller
Tanetta E. Andersson
This chapter focuses on three major aspects of caregiving between generations. In the first section, we examine women as caregivers, the historical perspectives on women and caregiving, and women’s caregiving across the lifespan. Second, we consider intergenerational caregiving, especially grandmothers and the vital role they play in their families but also the interactions among generations within the family. Finally, we discuss ethnic heritage, an important dimension of family identity, and ways that families can strengthen intergenerational ties by recognizing and celebrating their cultural heritage.
Families who comprise the majority of informal caregivers, are the unpaid sector of the country’s health care system; they provide nearly 80% of the long-term care in the United States. This informal caregiving is usually unpaid, based on existing relationships and with little or no certified training of the caregiver. The majority of informal (as well as formal) caregivers are women; women
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Publication information: Book title: Successful Aging through the Life Span: Intergenerational Issues in Health. Contributors: May L. Wykle - Editor, Peter J. Whitehouse - Editor, Diana L. Morris - Editor. Publisher: Springer. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2005. Page number: 143.
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