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Aging in East and West: Families, States, and the Elderly by Dr. Vern L. Bengtson PhD, Kyong-Dong Kim PhD, George Myers

By Dr. Vern L. Bengtson PhD, Kyong-Dong Kim PhD, George Myers PhD, Ki-Soo Eun PhD

Widely known specialists current the 1st comparative research of modern advancements between six japanese and Western countries bearing on inhabitants getting older and its effects. Chapters concentrate on demographic developments, sociocultural contexts, and coverage implications. international locations chosen as case reviews comprise: the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Germany, the uk, and the U.S.. The editors and participants name cognizance to the numerous trajectories and results of inhabitants getting older in culturally varied societies which are usually at various levels or on assorted paths of financial improvement. Such analyses deliver into sharper concentration these stipulations which are specified, or comparable, and emphasize the ways that cultural stereotypes of getting older and the aged complicate our knowing of the results of world-wide inhabitants getting older.

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SUPPORT BY CORESIDING FAMILIES Despite recent changes, many adult children still coreside with their parents and grandparents. Multigenerational coresidence is a living arrangement in which grandparents, parents, and adult children live together and support each other. This has been the traditional cultural norm in Korea as in other Asian societies. Koreans tend to be embedded in a web of close emotional and interdependent An Asian Perspective 45 relationships with their family members. Whether they like this type of living situation, adult children and their wives generally accept it, and social pressure still helps to enforce it.

In terms of the degree of dispersion, 11% of Korean elderly persons needing long-term care live less than 10 minutes from their children, 42% less than 1 hour, and 30% between 1 and 2 hours (Choi, 1999). Overall, 53% of the elderly residents live within a 1-hour distance from their adult children. Implicit in the alienation myth is that old persons who live apart from their children are neglected by the children. Dispersion is likely to cause less contact, less interaction, and less support between generations (Climo, 1992; Crimmins & Ingegneri, 1990).

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