Title

Growing old in St. Lucia: expectations and experiences in a Caribbean village

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

3-1-2005

NLM Title Abbreviation

J Cross Cult Gerontol

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology

PubMed ID

15870968

DOI of Published Version

10.1007/s10823-005-3799-2

Abstract

In St. Lucia there are increased proportions of elders secondary to decreasing fertility and mortality rates and increasing life expectancy. The fact that people are living longer is a reflection of social success; however, increasing numbers of elders (often with chronic health problems) challenge family, social, health, political, and economic systems. Who will provide care and how this care will be provided are at the forefront of health and social service planning and debate. This paper describes the status of elders in St. Lucia. Expectations as well as current care experiences of elders and villagers are described.

Keywords

Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Aging/psychology, Attitude, Health Services for the Aged, Humans, Saint Lucia, Social Environment

Published Article/Book Citation

Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 20:1 (2005) pp.67-78. DOI:10.1007/s10823-005-3799-2.

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https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/1198