Examining caregiving issues from a multigenerational, family life cycle perspective, this volume deals with the broad spectrum of chronic illnesses that necessitate family caregiving throughout the lifespan and discusses responses to these challenges by both caregiving families and caregiving systems. Part One addresses the caregiving paradigm and the relationship of family caregiving research to family life studies. Part Two examines conceptual aspects of caregiving, ranging from the expansion of the caregiving paradigm, caregiving processes and tasks, to the positive aspects of caregiving. Part Three emphasizes how family caregivers are affected by the connection (or lack of it) to macro-level systems.
Chapter 3: Altruism Through the Life Course
Altruism Through the Life Course
A baby wails. Barely a moment later, a toddler appears from another part of the supermarket, bearing a teddy bear, a cookie, and his blanket — offering all to assuage the infant's distress.
Even after the untimely death of her husband, Donna continues to care for her father-in-law, who is paralyzed and aphasic following a series of strokes. She has three young children and is barely making ends meet, but continues to give tender care to all of her charges.
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