In popular and political discussions of ‘apocalyptic demography,’ concerns abound regarding the social and economic drain posed by the growing numbers of older and disabled people who are dependent on their families and on the health care system. But the realities of later life care arrangements are nuanced, diverse, and complex. Moving beyond popular stereotypes, my research seeks to generate accurate understandings of the experiences of older people, of their families, and of care workers. My research addresses the following questions:
(1) How do post-welfare state policies impact on the shifting boundaries between family care work and paid care work?
(2) How does family care work shift between home and residential care settings, and across state, geographical, and cultural contexts?
(3) How do older people who are in need of care—who are considered to be frail or disabled—interpret and respond to expectations regarding family responsibility for care?
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