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Can modernization generate productive aging?: Some Swedish experiences
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2011 (Chinese)In: Productive Engagement in Later Life: Global Perspectives / [ed] Gao Jianguo, Nancy Morrow-Howell & Ada C.Mui,, Beijing: China Society Press , 2011, 107-122 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The chapter deals with the question how old pensions and care work for old people have been discussed earlier and at presnt in Sweden. The chapeter starts with a brief overview if the Swedish welfare model, focussed on two distinct periods: the 1950s - 1960s with a rapid econmic growth and the present period of economic decline. After a long expansion period of a tax - financed public sector under the name of "productive welfare strategy", calculations indicated a state economy in imbalance. Resources did not increase at the same pace as the numbers of elderly. An organizationnal reconstruction of the public sector started with market solutions, encouragement of an increase in voluntary work and family based care. A new pensions system was introduced in the 1990s, and higher expectations of quality at a lower cost turned questions of staff teaining and qualifications to highly strategical themes. A new anti-discrimination Act came into force in 2009. The chapter is finalized by a presentation of some of the research performed within the research profile Care Work and Social Gerontology at the Department of Social Work at Umea University. Issues like social capital and care work, old womens life stories, family obligations in transition, attitudes to old people including ageism as well as training for care workers are issues researched within the team. (The chapter is written in Chinese)

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Beijing: China Society Press , 2011. 107-122 p.
Keyword [en]
Productive Welfare, Social Welfare in Transition, Old age care, Old age pensions, Staff education, Social gerontology
National Category
Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-46205ISBN: 978-7-5087-3611-2OAI: diva2:438753
Available from: 2011-09-05 Created: 2011-08-29 Last updated: 2011-09-12Bibliographically approved

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