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Family practices in later life$
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Pat Chambers

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420534

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420534.001.0001

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Families in later life

Families in later life

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(p.15) Two Families in later life
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Family practices in later life
Author(s):

Pat Chambers

Graham Allan

Chris Phillipson

Mo Ray

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420534.003.0002

This chapter examines changing relationships and practices experienced by older people in the later stage of the lifecourse. It notes that, historically, the family has been viewed as a central source of support for older people, notably in periods of ill-health and dependency. It argues that intergenerational ties have been demonstrated to be more complex than previously understood, with transfers of various kinds of supporting flowing downwards as well as upwards. A key observation is that it is probably now more helpful to think of different types of family life in old age, reflecting different social, biographical, class, gender, and ethnic-based relationships.

Keywords:   older people, lifecourse, family, ill-health, dependency, intergenerational ties, relationships

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