Senior help around the world

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It is reported in the United States that the typical caregiver is a woman, around 46 years old and she provides more than 20 hours of care per week for her Mother.  I began wondering what the caregiving situation was like around the world.  A quick Google search for "caring for elderly around the world" produced some interesting results.  My favorite was a report from CNN that you can view here:

Here are some more snippets about senior help around the world.

Islam in Europe: Netherlands: Number of elderly growing, daughters ...

Netherlands: Number of elderly growing, daughters shoulder care. The number of Turkish and Moroccan-Dutch elderly is growing. Daughter and daughters in-law shoulder most of the care, often at the expense of their own lives. ...

Consequences Of Ageing Population In Developing Countries

Proportion of elderly populations around the world in 2000. Proportion of elderly populations around the world in 2050. Problems: (1) Increase in dependency ratio. It is given by the formula of: [ (number of children 0-15) + (number of ...

Assisted Living Robotics in Sweden

New technologies may help to overcome this gap. One new promising technology is Assistive Living Robotics, ALR that can support elderly and disabled people to stay at home longer and with remote support from family and caregivers. ...

SG Expects that Issuing of Elderly will be Discussed by Task ...

It would be cheaper for the elderly to spend a few years on a cruise ship than it would be to pay the astronomical price of an elderly facility. This is a widely known humorous look at elderly care, but sadly, it is true. ...

Elder Care across the Cultural Divide

I wonder how elder care facilities prepare themselves when they have to accommodate patients with diverse cultural differences. In some cases, I’m sure they are prepared and have the right combination of staff to make it work. ...

Elderly Norwegians head for Turkey and Spain for care

A new company, Scandinavian Life Center, owned by Alpar Invest, plans to send 20,000 Norwegians to Turkey within two years. The first 200 have already gone.

This is part of a trend for Norwegians in care homes to travel to warmer climates over winter, or when recovering from an operation.

It appears that the challenge of providing quality  senior help is a universal issue.  Perhaps if we all work together, we may meet the challenge and find the resources that will be needed to provide care for the next generation of those aging.  CNN's wonderful report on the elderly in Andorra is encouraging.   The country has the highest longevity rankings in the world and so it deserves a good look to see how the Andorrans live and how they care for their elderly.

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--Mary Nix

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