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Importance of Caregiving in Accomplishment of Daily Routine Activities of the Oldest-Old

  • ShubhamEmail author
  • A. K. Joshi
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Abstract

Aging is taking place as a broad social trend. This study focuses on how caregiving plays an important role in accomplishing daily routine activities which are essentially followed by the oldest-old. The study outcome is expected to provide a better understanding of the status of oldest-old and bring out the issues that need interventions to ensure their well-being in urban society. The study was a descriptive cum exploratory study done by using case study method with structured and in-depth interviews along with general observations of oldest-old persons and their caregivers separately. A total of five case studies were taken from the urban locality of Kolkata. Results indicated that caregiving plays a pivotal role in the accomplishment of daily routine activities of the oldest-old person, as their dependency on caregivers was found to be high in various aspects. With the social change in family fabrics in urban society, where children are working and no one left to look after the oldest-old persons at home, there is a strong felt need of assisted care, effective social work interventions, providing a helpline for elderly and home-based services.

Keywords

Oldest-old Caregivers Daily routine activities 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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