Locations of Remorse and Homelands of Resilience: Notes on Grief and Sense of Loss of Place of Latino and Irish-American Caregivers of Demented Elders
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- Ortiz, A., Simmons, J. & Hinton, W.L. Cult Med Psychiatry (1999) 23: 477. doi:10.1023/A:1005568019630
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In this essay, based on qualitative research with Latino and Irish-American caregivers of demented elders, we argue that spatially and culturally constituted definitions of personhood, the moral life, and justice shape perceptions of normative aging, the agency of the demented persons and their place in the community, the appropriate care of the aged and demented, as well as partially determine the concrete resources which will be available to elders and their families. We review how ties to homelands and neighborhood institutions act as mediators and shapers of anticipatory grief, caregiver burdens, and caregiver resources, serving as a buffer against exhaustion and despair for some families (primarily the Irish-American sample), and as an additional site of loss or stress for others (primarily the Latino sample).