Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 477–483 | Cite as

Caregiving and cost of health care for later life families

  • Timothy H. Brubaker
  • Ellie Brubaker


In the future, the number of families providing care for elderly relatives as well as the costs associated with health care will continue to increase. The caregiving triad—individual, family and government—will need to balance the resources to meet the needs of the elderly. Public policy changes can assist older persons and their families as they address caregiving in the later years.

Key words

aging caregiving health care costs later life families 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy H. Brubaker
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ellie Brubaker
    • 3
  1. 1.Family and Child Studies CenterMiami UniversityOxford
  2. 2.Department of Family and Consumer SciencesMiami UniversityOxford
  3. 3.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyMiami UniversityOxford

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