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Care Giving For The Mexican Elderly

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“Ageing means an increase in life expectancy, prevalence of chronic disease, and need for health and social care services” (Vladislavovna, 2010, 1). Older people need formal and informal support systems to insure independence and an overall good quality of life. Families & friends play a big role in the lives of aging Mexican elderly, “a social network is the collection of interpersonal and communal bonds that people have throughout their lives to establish social relations that satisfy certain needs, and maintain their wellbeing” (Vladislavovna, 2010, 1) this is going to serve even more importance as the aging population is living longer and the number of older individuals is increasing. Those with a “high degree of functional, mental, or economic dependency” tend to require more social support (Vladislavovna, 2010, 2). People who lack a strong social support system are negatively affected, “older adults within a restricted network decline in their physical function and overall health status and show increased rates of mortality and depression, whereas individuals related to a divers network have longer life expectancy and better health status” (Vladislavovna, 2010, 2).
The most common support system for Mexican citizens is informal support given by their family members “due to the lack of institutional resources, families have developed complex networks of informal support: economic transfers such as national and international remittances, donations and gifts between relatives and friends, physical and emotional support or exchanges in services” ( Gomez, 2007, 552). Younger and older generations are codependent in various ways. Depending on different variables such as economic status, health status, etc. members tend to care after their relatives. Men typically provide monetary support and reproduce their role of family providers based on their available income, women still continue to contribute as caregivers ( Gomez, 2007, 545). “Inequity and lack of formal distributive resources put the poorer elderly at a disadvantage in intergenerational, family, community bargains, making it difficult to obtain support and less attractive to offer it” (Gomez, 2007, 546).Children that have migrated away may send financial support to their family members back home, in some cases that is the major source of income for the Mexican elderly (??).
Gender Differences
Mexican women may experience more challenges throughout their lives, compared to men and which is especially true during the later years of life. Anthropologists emphasize the importance of family networks and solidarity to support the elderly” ( Gomez, 2007, 547). Mexican older woman on average are in need of more “support or co-residence” due to the lack of pensions received by them being that a lot of work is done in the household, or in agriculture but away from the formal sector “in Mexico, most elderly women have never...

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