Male Family Caregiver’s Well-being

Balancing Work and Elderly Care in Japan
Hiroko Umegaki, Séminaire scientifique de l'OSC, 10 mai 2019
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Séminaire scientifique de l'OSC 2018-2019

98, rue de l'Université 75007 Paris - salle Annick Percheron

vendredi 10 mai 2019 de 11h30 à 13h

Male Family Caregiver’s Well-being:
Balancing Work and Elderly Care in Japan

Hiroko Umegaki (OSC)

Hiroko UmegakiDemographic ageing of industrialised countries makes issues related to elderly care increasingly pressing, requiring not only formal institutionalised care but also, critically, home care.

In Japan, due to the reconstruction of family roles and responsibilities, shifts of social expectations of gender roles, and pressure for cost efficient care, a new group of caregivers is rapidly emerging – middle aged male family caregivers who, however, also often work.

As it is relevant and timely to learn from countries that are in advanced stages of societal ageing as is Japan, I focus on male employees facing elderly care needs who support parents living at home while working.

I find that there are differences between institutional stakeholders and such men as to whether the pressures of elderly care should be addressed as a broader societal issue or as part of the personal, family domain.
Further, preliminary findings indicate that achieving well-being in care-and-work may not lead to aiming for balance in reconciling work, care and family.

Research funded by Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Actions.