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Families in Ageing SocietiesA Multi-Disciplinary Approach$
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Sarah Harper

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251162

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199251169.001.0001

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Working Carers in the European Union

Working Carers in the European Union

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(p.95) 6 Working Carers in the European Union
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Families in Ageing Societies
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Sarah Harper (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199251169.003.0007

This chapter examines the situation of caregivers in the European Union who combine eldercare with employment, and EU policy responses. Among the unique aspects of eldercare are: more men and older workers are involved in eldercare, most working carers live away from the older person, care needs are unpredictable, and carers may feel that they have little choice about their responsibilities. The lack of attention given to working carers in debates on employment, social protection, equal opportunities, and reconciliation of work and family life is emphasised.

Keywords:   elder care, working carers, European Union, employment policy, family policy

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