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Policies and Practices in Support of Family Caregivers– Filial Obligations Redefined in Sweden

The expression of filial obligations has shifted over time and varies internationally. Historically, and currently in many countries, the family, next of kin, and the social network at large have been and are the only or major sources of help, as it was in Sweden till half a century ago. One may say that dependent elderly persons rely on an implicit intergenerational contract, guaranteeing necessary support on a normative basis. In this sense, changes in care provided within the family and social network indicate a normative change in patterns of relations and exchanges between individuals, what we often term “solidarity.”