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This article analyses the relevance of the ethics of solidarity for unpaid care and discusses its implications for public health policy. It combines philosophical and health-policy-oriented methodologies and claims that solidarity obliges us not only to care for the most vulnerable populations but also to care with those who care. Both draw attention to the work of carers, who, despite their indispensable contribution, are notoriously invisible to healthcare systems. The article argues for their threefold recognition: as partners in healthcare provision; as co-citizens and employees with special needs; and as a potentially vulnerable population themselves.

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This article explores the experiences of hospitalised older adults concerning the care they receive from family carers. Employing a descriptive qualitative approach, alongside semi-structured interviews, data were gathered from eight older adults admitted to a teaching hospital in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The nature of care received by older adults and their attitudes towards it emerged as the two overarching themes identified from the data. Given the dissatisfaction levels with the care provided to older adults and the importance of familial support for them, implementing interventions that foster collaboration between the state and families to offer supportive services for older adults and their carers could enhance satisfaction with care and contribute to the sustainability of long-term care for older adults.

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This pilot study examines the role and impact of a coaching intervention on carers’ lives and well-being, drawing on interview data with 12 carers and two coaches. It shows that carers highly value coaching. Reported benefits include: carers feeling listened to and treated as individuals; increased levels of self-awareness, self-care and confidence; and feeling more empowered, in control and able to make choices. Carers also reported improved relationships with their relatives and reduced feelings of hopelessness and anxiety. Further research is needed to capture the impact of coaching on a larger carer population, the sustainability of impact and cost-effectiveness.

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Poor working conditions and high employee turnover in eldercare have frequently been addressed over the years. The aim of the study is to examine the relation between work overcommitment and employee well-being and turnover intentions in eldercare and whether leader support and role clarity moderate the relation between overcommitment and employee outcomes. A questionnaire was distributed to workplaces in eight Swedish municipalities. The results show that overcommitment was related to employees’ impaired well-being, as well as to their turnover intentions. We also found that leader support buffered the negative effects of overcommitment. The role clarity was quite high; however, it did not have a moderating effect.

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This review aims to investigate the challenges and family acceptance of Asian and European families caring for children with cerebral palsy. Ten articles were found through searches of four databases. In both Asian and European contexts, the review reveals a variety of challenges faced by families (physical, psychological, social, emotional and financial). Family acceptance plays a substantial role in overcoming these challenges. In Asian contexts, cultural belief, stigma, prejudice and discrimination have a significant impact on family acceptance, whereas in European contexts, family acceptance is affected by children’s and families’ conditions, parents’ optimism, and their access to health and educational services.

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Identifying informal carers is a complex task due to the diverse nature of caring roles and relationships. A systematic review of the literature was conducted to explore methods for informal carer identification. Six articles were reviewed. Methods for identification included population surveys, analysis of electronic medical records and a multifaceted approach focused on awareness and education in healthcare settings. There was considerable variability in the identification methods, the definitions of informal carers and the effectiveness of the methods to identify them. The review indicates a lack of consensus on the most effective methods for identifying informal carers.

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The various chapters in this book have explored the development and consolidation of the concept and practice of creating age-friendly cities and communities. There seems little doubt that a substantial movement has now emerged (albeit principally across the Global North), with the World Health Organization Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities claiming a membership of around 1,500 by 2024. Yet, as also highlighted by various contributors, the context for this work has been challenging to say the least.

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How can we design, develop and adapt urban environments to better meet the needs of an increasingly diverse ageing population?

This edited collection develops an exciting new approach to understanding the potential and challenges of creating ‘age-friendly’ communities in the context of urban change. Drawing together insights from leading voices across a range of disciplines, the book stresses the pressing need to better understand and attend to the inequalities that shape the experience of ageing in place in urban environments. The book combines a focus on equity and social justice issues with considerations of diversity and co-production to foster a better quality of urban life. Exploring a range of age-friendly community projects and interventions, it shows that despite structural obstacles, meaningful social change can be achieved at a local level.

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