Cura degli Anziani, scelte lavorative e salute

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Care of the elderly, job choices and health

Elenka Brenna

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[Autom. eng. transl.] During the last few decades, the fall in births and the simultaneous increase in average life have changed the demographic balance of Europe and most of the industrialized countries. The new structure involves a reduction in the number of cohorts of younger generations, more than offset by an increase in the number of elderly people. Aging is associated with a progressive deterioration in people's health and consequently with an increased need for care. These can be provided by formal means, that is, by qualified and remunerated personnel, or informally, by relatives, friends or neighbors who dedicate their time to assist the dependent person. The term used to designate those offering informal care is caregiver, or "care giver". Within the family unit, it is mainly women who take care of the most fragile subjects. In particular, with regard to the care of the elderly, the most represented category is that of female daughters, often crushed between the responsibilities towards the not yet autonomous children and the assistance to the elderly parents and therefore defined, together with their peers, " sandwich generation. The chapter takes its cue from these considerations to analyze, through the contribution of literature, the individual and family allocative choices in providing assistance to parents or elderly relatives in Europe and Western countries. In particular we study the effects on the work plan and the possible effects on health related to the most represented category of caregivers, that of the daughters.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Care of the elderly, job choices and health
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationInvecchiamento attivo, mercato del lavoro e benessere
EditorsL Cappellari, C Lucifora, A Rosina
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • ageing and caregiving
  • cure informali
  • informal care
  • invecchiamento popolazione
  • sandwich generation


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