International Journal of Social Science & Economic Research
Submit Paper

Title:
LONG TERM FAMILY CARE AND WELLBEING OF ELDERLY WOMEN - CHALLENGES AND POSSIBILITIES

Authors:
Dr. Chitra S. Nair

|| ||

Dr. Chitra S. Nair
Assistant Professor, P. G. Dept. of Sociology, K.N.M. Govt. Arts and Science College, Kanjiramkulam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

MLA 8
Nair, Dr. Chitra S. "LONG TERM FAMILY CARE AND WELLBEING OF ELDERLY WOMEN - CHALLENGES AND POSSIBILITIES." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 3, no. 11, Nov. 2018, pp. 6134-6140, ijsser.org/more2018.php?id=428. Accessed Nov. 2018.
APA
Nair, D. (2018, November). LONG TERM FAMILY CARE AND WELLBEING OF ELDERLY WOMEN - CHALLENGES AND POSSIBILITIES. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 3(11), 6134-6140. Retrieved from ijsser.org/more2018.php?id=428
Chicago
Nair, Dr. Chitra S. "LONG TERM FAMILY CARE AND WELLBEING OF ELDERLY WOMEN - CHALLENGES AND POSSIBILITIES." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 3, no. 11 (November 2018), 6134-6140. Accessed November, 2018. ijsser.org/more2018.php?id=428.

References
[1]. Ahuja, Rajeev. 2004. 'New Pension System- Ensuring Safeguards' Economic and Political Weekly. June 12.
[2]. Akundy, Anand. 2004. Anthropology of Aging: Contexts, Culture and Implications. New Delhi. Serials Publications,.
[3]. Alam, M. 1999. 'Ageing, macro economic implications and health insurance requirements in India: An exploratory analysis'. The Indian Journal of Labor Economics: A Quarterly Journal Of Indian Society Of Labor Economics. 42(3).
[4]. Alam, Moneer.2004. Ageing, Old Age, Income Security and Reforms- An Exploration of Indian Situation'. Economic and Political weekly. Aug.14.
[5]. Bhawsar, Rahul Dev. 2001. 'Population Ageing in India: Demographic and Health Dimensions' New Delhi. Rawat Publications.
[6]. Cancian, Francesca, M & Oliker, Stacey. J. 2000. Caring and Gender. California. Pine Forge Press.
[7]. Dandekar, Kumudini . 1996. The Elderly in India. New Delhi. Sage Publications.
[8]. Jaiprakash, Indira . 2001. On Being old and female: some issues on quality of life of elderly women in India. New Delhi. Rawat publications.
[9]. Liebig, Phoebe.S; Rajan S., Irudaya (ed) 2003 "An aging India; perspectives prospects and policies". New York; Haworth Press, Inc.

Abstract:
Increase in average life expectancy of the population does not necessarily imply well being. Problems faced by elderly women are more critical in the backdrop of long years of widowhood and dependency. Profound changes in family structure have adversely influenced long term care, quality of life and well being of elderly. Following a cross sectional design, primary data was collected from rural Kerala to analyse major factors of elderly health, family care and subjective well being. Quantitative data collection was completed by interviewing 300 respondents using a structured interview schedule. Life course Perspective was the theoretical consideration. The study identified that subjective assessment of QOL and wellbeing of elderly women was poor. They were under the strong fear about periods of dependency and were more concerned in the sole manifestation to be "worthy" of living in the family until their last breath. Power relations within the family changed negatively for elderly widows. Traditional rules and customs of elderly care seemed vanishing from rural families due to modernisation and migration. Willingness of family members to extend quality care for their elderly gained an upper hand over their ability to provide such a care. Day to day activities, discussions, resource allocation and prioritizations reflected 'Emotional Vacuum'.