ERIC Number: ED205880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun-4
Families: Aging and Changing. Hearing Before the Select Committee on Aging. House of Representatives, Ninety-Sixth Congress, Second Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Aging.
This Congressional committee hearing focuses on issues related to the elderly and the family. Testimony by the founder of the Gray Panthers discusses the problem of providing care for ill and frail family members and emphasizes the need for federal programs to assist older Americans living in either traditional or nontraditional settings. Statements by multigenerational family members highlight the positive aspects of living together and apart and emphasize ways in which older family members can help strengthen family bonds, establish pride in heritage, care for younger members, and contribute to the productive force of the family unit. Professionals in the field of aging, along with the children of frail and disabled parents, describe services which could assist the caretaking roles. Following committee members' statements, several witnesses consider innovative approaches designed to strengthen the extended family or to support alternative solutions. Additionally, a social work professor testifies with his family; his fifth-grade daughter presents findings from her interveiws with children whose grandparents live in their homes. The appendices contain supporting statements received for the hearing. (NRB)
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Extended Family, Family Life, Family Relationship, Family (Sociological Unit), Federal Programs, Grandparents, Hearings, Housing, Individual Needs, Older Adults, Problem Solving
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Aging.