Solution for Aging in Contemporary Canada 2nd Edition Chapter 11, Problem 1

by Neena L. Chappell, Lynn McDonald, Michael Stones
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Chapter 11, Problem 1 :   1. In what ways have...


1. In what ways have declines in mortality affected families?

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First, declines in mortality have increased the odds of several generations of a family being alive at the same time. That is, there is greater likelihood that a daughter, mother, grand-mother and great grandmother will have the opportunity to be alive at the same time (vertical extension), but each generation has fewer members (horizontal extension). These changes may lead to multigenerational living arrangements, a new understanding and pattern of intergenerational relationships, people becoming grandparents at later ages, and increased “grandparenting” may occur, where grandparents end up parenting their grandchildren if their own child is unable or unwilling to do so. However, we do not have much data on grandparenting. Second, infant and maternal mortality rates have declined, so that the loss of a young child and the loss of a mother or wife is uncommon. Third, the likelihood of a child having a parent alive when the child is aged 40, 50, and 60 has increased, making it less likely for persons to be orphaned at a young age.

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