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Older People as Care Givers and theirs Roles in Family in the Era of Active Ageing: Case of the Czech Republic



Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Studia Socjologiczne
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Sociology, demography
Keywords older people; SHARE; grandparents; active ageing; Czech Republic; role overload
Description In this paper I deal with the issue of care that older people provide to others. In the traditional paradigm, older people are being perceived as recipients of care, but there are new views that show that they are also important providers of care, especially for those of younger age. This text focuses on the purpose for the three major social roles of older people—the role of grandparents, the role of care giving, and the economi- cal role, as well as the intensity with which older people perform these roles. It also describes the balance of these roles and the effects this harmonization brings for the well-being of the older person. As the primary source, the data SHARE 2010 for the Czech Republic is being used. The results showed signi fi cant activity of the older people in the intergenerational family solidarity. Most of older people babysit their grandchildren, approximately one-third of them provide personal and practical assis- tance to other individuals. All such care, whether it be for grandchildren or for other relatives, is often quite intense. The data indicated traditionally higher participation of women in care. A surprising fi nding from the analysis, though, is the minor effect of the care on well-being of the care giver.
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