Being “easy”: Women’s desire to accept help in later life

Natalie D. Pope, Jane E. Riley, Judi Haberkorn, Gretchen E. Ely

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This article examines the concept of being “easy” as a quality that female caregivers aspire to as they envision their potential care in later life. It draws on data from a qualitative study exploring the significance of caregiving to adult daughters’ perspectives and plans for their own aging. Caregivers’ experiences differ based upon their perception of how easy or difficult it was to care for their loved one. The former exemplifies a positive way to approach aging and the receiving of care. Being easy describes an attitude that these caregivers desired for their own later life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-362
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2 2016

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  • Daughters
  • family caregiver
  • late midlife
  • qualitative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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