Conventionally, women are expected to be the main providers of care.
Care facilities are often considered a last resort in South Africa. Personal care is assumed to be provided by family and household members.
Technology can be used to support the caregivers of people living with dementia, however, developers and designers need to take caregiver needs into consideration.
Technological solutions may help to relieve the burden of care for family, service providers and caregivers working with the elderly.
Some carers actually thrive in the face of dementia, here's why.
A working mom, off the clock.
This penalty can amount to more than 15 percent of a mom's paycheck. Ramping up paid maternity leave and high-quality child care would probably help narrow the gap.
Most caregivers today are assisting their relatives. What will happen in the years ahead?
The demographics, which include declining numbers of adult children free to step up and potentially fewer immigrants, suggest that this big problem society faces will get bigger.
Those caring for spouses with dementia are often isolated, lonely and emotionally overwhelmed.
With people living longer lives and dementia on the rise, it's time to consider whether it's verboten for spouses acting as full-time caregivers to seek love and comfort outside their marriages.
Grandmother and child walking in the park.
Millions of American children are being cared for by grandparents. To honor Grandparents Day we ask: What are the social and health impacts of this often unexpected turn of events?
Robots can also lend a hand of sorts.
Robots have the potential to help support a growing population that wants to age in their own homes. But those helpful machines won't be the humanoid butlers of science fiction.
Friendship helps protect against loneliness even when oldsters do not have dementia. It can be especially beneficial for those who do.
A recent study finds that friends ought not let friends with dementia be lonely. The surprising part? Why staying friends is good for the friend without dementia as well as for the one who has it.
The number of adults living with cancer will likely triple in size by 2030.
The number of adults living with cancer is expected to triple in size by 2030. How can we prepare for this public health challenge?
The number of men married to each other who have children is rising following legal rulings about marriage equality.
Research reveals few differences between the parenting of gay men and their straight peers. But it looks like gay fathers could be more apt to volunteer at their children's schools.
An ill Anna Bosigo is fed by volunteer worker Lydia Mbhalo in the Orange Farm township, south of Johannesburg.
Social welfare budgets have simply not been adequate to plug decades’ worth of under-resourcing, especially in black communities. It's a good place for government to start giving life to its slogans
Mothers and their babies at a clinic in Johannesburg. South Africa leads the Global South with its expansive social protection programme.
The gendered nature of social welfare is invisible and taken for granted – particularly in development contexts.It's time to debate a more gender-sensitive and equitable welfare agenda in the South.
Gender equality is associated with less use of violence by men.
To prevent men from using violence in their households, violence against children needs to stop before they become adults.
Women make up 90% of the world’s nurses.
Data analysed from 32 countries shows women make a huge economic contribution that often goes unrecognised (and unpaid).
The capacity for compassion is with us from birth, but as a community we have lost sight of the value of treating all others as we wish to be treated ourselves.
A global movement aims to let compassion guide political and community life. This has obvious relevance for a competition-driven nation with a troubling capacity for harsh attitudes and policy.
But what awaits her at home?
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The latter part of the twentieth century saw a dramatic increase in women’s participation in the workforce as well as a rise in ideological support for women’s employment in the United States. However…
People are living longer, yet the systems to provide care for older adults are informal and inadequate.
In Australia, the question of how to provide care for ageing family members is largely an individual one. Most care is provided by family members. In 2012, 2.7 million Australians were providing some type…