Family and community care of elderly people
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The 'graying' of Australia's population has been a regular topic of discussion in government, demographic, health, and social service circles in recent years. It has been noted carefully because shifts in population structure, particularly increases in the so-called 'dependent' populations have serious implications for resource allocation in areas of income support and service provision. What becomes important is trying to understand the network of the services - statutory and non-statutory - formal and informal - that can be blended together to improve the quality of life of the person suffering from chronic illness, and to ensure that those who care for these people have their needs met as well.
Speech presented to the South Australian Council of the Ageing during Seniors Week, Adelaide, November 2, 1983 by Adam Graycar, Director, Social Welfare Research Centre, University of New South Wales. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/