The Perspectives of Older Greek-Australians Toward Changes in the Nature of Family Support: Implications for Family Care Policies

Ruth Walker, Lareen Newman, Michael Tsianikas, Georgia Panagiotopoulos, Catherine Hurley

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    Abstract

    Internationally, public policies encourage "aging in place," and the majority of older Australians requiring care in the community receive informal care, supplemented by publicly subsidized formal services. The effect of contemporary social changes on informal care in aging migrant communities is poorly understood. This articles explores the perceptions of older Greek-Australians toward changes in the nature of family support. Bicultural and bilingual researchers carried out in-depth interviews (n = 27) and five focus groups (n = 63 total participants) with older Greek-Australians in modern Greek. While "cultures of care" remain among Greek-Australian families, the means for a family to assist have shifted, and these compromises are met with considerable powerlessness among older Greek-Australians. Implications for policy include the need to better involve older migrants and their families in decisions about their care needs, potentially involving consumer-directed care models. Service providers may also need to adopt the use of new technologies to communicate with increasingly time-pressured family members.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)320-334
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Aging & Social Policy
    Volume25
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • aging
    • culture
    • family care
    • Greek
    • Greek-Australian
    • informal support
    • intergenerational support
    • migration
    • social care

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