We can manage: Expectations about care and varieties of family support among people 75 years and over

Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) Monograph No 5


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Research report

February 1985

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The data for this monograph come from qualitative, in-depth interviews with 23 people aged 75 years and over living in Sydney. The interviews were designed to explore the significance of family support to people in old age, looking at their family relationships as part of an overall life trajectory. Author identifies three basic needs of very old people: affective support, opportunities to feel useful, needed and appreciated, and small contributions of instrumental assistance from a variety of different sources.

Institute of Family Studies  Monograph no. 5