Communities' Informal Care and Welfare Practices and Caring for the Elderly

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The main objective of this paper is to discuss strategies to enhance communities' informal care and welfare practices (CICWPs) that systematically address caring needs and issues of the elderly both in developing and developed countries. Towards this, the paper will underscore the significance of CICWPs and argue that such practices have been fast declining due to several development factors. It will present the main findings of an international project and the content of the training manual which aims to promote mutual learning, understanding and international exchange of innovative and replicable CICWPs; and to sensitise relevant personnel from non-government organisations (NGOs), government organisations (GOs), the corporate sector and communities (COs). Further, it presents several ways of developing and promoting CICWPs so that the elderly are treated with dignity and worth and looked after well. It will also show what roles the four sectors - GOs, NGOs, business and COs - can and need to assume in building and consciously cultivating such practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-46
Number of pages16
JournalPrime University Journal of Multidisciplinary Quest
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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