1st Edition

Care of Older Persons Emerging International Perspectives

Edited By Mala Kapur Shankardass Copyright 2025
    328 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    328 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book explores the implications and significant ethical, social, economic and health challenges that an ageing world population presents. It provides valuable insights on concerns related to providing, organizing, planning and managing care of older persons in both formal and informal settings.

    As the number of older persons increases rapidly around the globe, caring for them is a very important aspect of all ageing and aged societies. While in most countries care of older persons is provided informally by family members, the changing social scene, family structures, work and employment patterns are leading many nations to create provisions for formal care through institutions or paid services of caregivers. This book offers perspectives on formal and informal care from countries such as Japan, Netherlands, USA, India, South Africa and Poland, among others. The essays in this book underline a rights-based approach and focus on ethical, social, economic, health and legal aspects of care as they pertain to the universal phenomena of ageing as well as to specific demographic and epidemiological realities of the selected countries. They discuss concerns such as long-term care provisions, catering to needs of people affected by dementia, providing residential care, taking needs of family care providers into account, the growing requirement for paid care workers and channelizing training of both skilled and semi-skilled care providers to suit the needs of older people.

    This volume would be of interest to scholars of and those working in the fields of sociology, health studies, age and ageing, psychology, social work, medical sciences, nursing and public policy. It will also be useful to the NGO sector workers, administrators, as well as grassroot workers involved with the care of older persons.

    1. Care of Older Persons: Perspectives, Experiences, Challenges and Responses Part 1 Care Perspectives 2. Ethical Challenges in the Care of Older Adults: Experience from the United States of America 3. Seniors’ Poverty in British Columbia, Canada: A Social Justice Issue 4. End of life care and the Ageing Population: Asian Perspectives 5. Why Restructuring Residential Care Matters: A Global Perspective 6. Developing a Model for Caregiver’s Training and Support 7. Emerging Challenges of Care of Elderly: Need for Newer Strategies for Nurses in India Part 2 Long Term Care 8. From Policy to Practice: A Comparative Anglo-German View of Long-Term Care Provision for Older People 9. Canadian Experience in Providing Care in Long-Term Care Homes 10. Expanding Policies for Hiring Foreign Long-Term Care Workers in Japan: Current Status, Challenges, and Responses Part 3 Dementia Care 11. Caring for Older People with Dementia: A Global Perspective 12. Caring for People with Dementia in Australia Part 4 Country Experiences 13. Care for the Elderly in Singapore – Policies, Delivery Systems, and Paradigms 14. Senior Care in Poland 15. Population Aging and Care Arrangements in Later Life in the Netherlands 16. Concluding Comments


    Mala Kapur Shankardass, an international consultant, is an academician, researcher, writer and an activist with higher educational qualifications inclusive of doctoral and post-doctoral specialization in sociology, health social sciences, and gerontology. Now retired, she has 38 years of teaching experience and holding important positions as senior faculty member at the University of Delhi, India. She continues to lecture at different academic departments in both Indian and foreign universities and is also involved with prestigious assignments with various institutions including the United Nations.

    ‘This book offers many ideas in restructuring residential and community-based care. Gerontologists representing different countries share their care perspectives giving us fresh ideas to develop better programs for our elders and persons with dementia. I would highly recommend this book.’

    Christopher J. Johnson, PhD., Clinical Professor, Dementia and Aging Studies Program, Department of Sociology, Texas State University, U.S.A.

    ‘This book is timely and important. Due to an ageing population worldwide, there is an increasing need to provide insight on different perspectives of what constitutes good care for older people. Whether this is within families, communities or in long-term care facilities. Especially people with dementia, a disease which has high human and economic costs due to increasing care needs, need care which is characterised by good theoretical frameworks, is evidence-based and has the correct person-centred perspective. The goal of all care should be to provide the necessary support, but also to be mindful of older people’s dignity and promote their independence and self-efficacy as much as possible. This book brings together expertise around the world to discuss examples of care for older people and as such fills an important area in the literature.’

    Eef Hogervorst, Professor of Biological Psychology, Director of Dementia Research at Loughborough University, UK and visiting Professor at Respati University Indonesia.

    ‘The book, Care of Older Persons, edited by Dr. Mala Kapur Shankardass, an expert on ageing issues is a worthy and valuable resource covering a cross-section of ageing populations in ageing societies. The book highlights many care dimensions from varied perspectives in a meaningful way providing great insights on concerns of care in different countries. It is a very significant and beneficial collection of Chapters for scholars and researchers in the area.’

    Lucy W. Maina, Associate Professor of Sociology, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya; Chair, Kenya Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics; Former Secretary, IAGG- Africa Region.