ERIC Number: ED313610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: N/A
Caregiving in Developing East and Southeast Asian Countries [and] Caregiving among Middle and Low Income Aged in Hong Kong.
Chow, Nelson W. S.; Kwan, Alex Y. H.
This report consists of two papers on caregiving in Asian countries. The first, "Caregiving in Developing East and Southeast Asian Countries" by Nelson W. S. Chow, discusses the change in the caregiving pattern for the urban elderly in developing countries of East and Southeast Asia. It includes examples from studies carried out in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Republic of Korea, and Shanghai. It is noted that, although the majority of the urban elderly are living with their families, the difficulties they encounter are still great, and the dependent economic position in which most of the elderly find themselves has reduced the respect shown to them and has made them feel inadequate and isolated. The second presentation, "Caregiving among Middle and Low Income Aged in Hong Kong" by Alex Y. H. Kwan, highlights some of the problems faced by the elderly when a society moves from being a traditional agrarian, trading-port community into an urbanized, international finance society of nearly 6 million people. Strains being experienced by the elderly and their families are identified, with an emphasis on caregivers and how Western values tend to affect support systems and family networks. The usefulness of community care programs in Hong Kong is examined. The article concludes that, although the family system is still playing the major role in providing the elderly with necessary care, the kind of care provided is far from satisfactory. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Exchange Center on Gerontology, Tampa, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Asia; Hong Kong