What is it about?

Due to the high incidence of disability amongst their contemporaries, older people are likely to be involved in informal caring relationships. Due to the limited nature of post-retirement incomes, such carers are also likely to be relatively poor. In spite of this, little attention has been given to the role of older carers of disabled people or to the influence of poverty upon this role. Drawing on a sample of over 30 older carers, this qualitative study aims to redress this neglect.

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Why is it important?

This paper explores the way in which the ageing process serves to exacerbate the demands on older carers, not only due to the increased incidence of disability experienced by older people, but also due to their decreased access to material resources, which would help to alleviate these demands. While in focussing on older people's caring role, it highlights their identity as active social participants rather than as the passive recipients of welfare.


Thus publication presents the interim findings of my PhD thesis and was my first peer reviewed journal article.

Dr Elaine Argyle
University of Nottingham

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This page is a summary of: Poverty, Disability and the Role of Older Carers, Disability & Society, June 2001, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/09687590120059559.
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