The Role of NGOs in Enabling Elderly Activity and Care in the Community: a Case Study of Silver Wings in South Korea

The Role of NGOs in Enabling Elderly Activity and Care in the Community: a Case Study of Silver... South Korea is now one of the most rapidly aging societies in the world and meeting the elderly’s needs requires a systemic and paradigm change. In this study I argue that community-based care of the elderly in the community should be seen as complementary to, and arguably more fundamental than, enhancing long-term care services per se. Based on qualitative interviews and observations, this paper presents a case study of Silver Wings, the community-based initiative of local non-governmental organization (NGO) Saerom to provide older people’s self-help groups with support from HelpAge Korea. The study analyzes the activities and capacities of local NGOs in promoting “aging-in-community” and the findings suggest that such initiatives can certainly contribute to improving well-being and also to reducing long-term care needs. Lessons and challenges of the initiative, as well as policy suggestions, are also discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology Springer Journals

The Role of NGOs in Enabling Elderly Activity and Care in the Community: a Case Study of Silver Wings in South Korea

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Social Sciences; Aging; Anthropology; Philosophy of Medicine; Geriatrics/Gerontology; Theory of Medicine/Bioethics
ISSN
0169-3816
eISSN
1573-0719
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10823-017-9323-7
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Abstract

South Korea is now one of the most rapidly aging societies in the world and meeting the elderly’s needs requires a systemic and paradigm change. In this study I argue that community-based care of the elderly in the community should be seen as complementary to, and arguably more fundamental than, enhancing long-term care services per se. Based on qualitative interviews and observations, this paper presents a case study of Silver Wings, the community-based initiative of local non-governmental organization (NGO) Saerom to provide older people’s self-help groups with support from HelpAge Korea. The study analyzes the activities and capacities of local NGOs in promoting “aging-in-community” and the findings suggest that such initiatives can certainly contribute to improving well-being and also to reducing long-term care needs. Lessons and challenges of the initiative, as well as policy suggestions, are also discussed.

Journal

Journal of Cross-Cultural GerontologySpringer Journals

Published: May 6, 2017

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