Departmental Papers (Sociology)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2015

Publication Source

Daedalus

Volume

144

Issue

2

Start Page

31

Last Page

40

DOI

10.1162/DAED_a_00328

Abstract

As the pressure mounts to reduce the public costs of supporting rapidly aging societies, responsibility for supporting elderly people will increasingly fall on their family members. This essay explores the family’s capacity to respond to these growing challenges. In particular, we examine how family change and growing inequality pose special problems in developed nations, especially the United States. This essay mentions a series of studies supported by the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society that aim to examine the future of intergenerational exchange. We focus particularly on adults who have dependent and young-adult children and who must also care for elderly parents, a fraction of the population that will grow substantially in the coming twenty-five years.

Copyright/Permission Statement

© 2015 by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, republished with the permission of the MIT Press.

Original article can be found at http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/daed.

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Date Posted: 08 June 2017

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