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The economic and social effects of care dependence in later life

DEV key contact: Peter Lloyd-Sherlock
Project dates: 2011 to 2013
Project status: Current






The World Health Organisation estimates that the number of care dependent older people living in developing countries will quadruple by 2050. To date, policy-makers have paid little attention to meeting their needs, but the economic and social impacts of providing long-term care are likely to be substantial. Key issues include

How do households cope when a member becomes highly care-dependent due to conditions like stroke or the onset of dementia?

Are these households more at risk of falling into poverty?

Do women bear the brunt of care-giving, and how are decisions taken within households and families?

This study, led by the Institute of Psychiatry in King's College, London [hyperlink] draws on an established set of surveys in Nigeria, China, Peru and Mexico conducted by the 10/66 Dementia Research Group [hyperlink]. These longitudinal surveys already provide health and care dependency data for households containing older people. During 2012 we will be returning to these households to obtain detailed economic and social information based on a new quantitative survey tool and linked qualitative research.   

DEV Researchers: Peter Lloyd-Sherlock (co-investigator).

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Selected Outputs: The economic and social effects of care dependence in later life poster

Related projects: For other projects run by the 10/66 Dementia Research Group see