The global phenomenon of the aging of societies during a period of outstanding scientific, economic, and technological advancements is a blessing for humanity. These fundamental changes, however, create new needs and problems in all areas of life, often difficult to address. In some countries, the trend is towards compression of the period of age-related morbidity - fewer years of living with disabilities - but the absolute numbers of elderly people living with disabilities are increasing worldwide. This book highlights a series of global threats, problems and challenges in the areas of care and caregiving, through the prism of three multicultural nations: the United States, Israel and Australia. The contributors to this book, experts in their fields, focus on the art of caregiving at the national level, including the interface between family and state responsibilities, policies and practices in the provision of services, and the demands for education and training, as well as the problems and difficulties faced by family caregivers. This is the second of two edited volumes on aging and caregiving. The first, ""Lessons on Aging from Three Nations - Volume I: The Art of Aging Well"", examines positive aspects of and successful adaptations to aging. This book will be of interest to students of gerontology and geriatrics; those working in nongovernmental organizations - private, for-profit and non-profit agencies, including voluntary charitable and religious groups, those working in national regional and local governments, and all general readers intrigued with the aging of societies and longevity.

section Section 1|61 pages

The Art of Caregiving: Policies and Services

chapter Chapter 2|16 pages

Consumer-Directed Services at Home for Older People in the United States

ByA. E. Benjamin

chapter Chapter 3|15 pages

Residential Care: Informed Choices

ByCheryl Tilse, Jill Wilson, Deborah Setterlund

section Section 2|50 pages

The Art of Family Care

chapter Chapter 5|15 pages

In Care and On Call: The Endangered System of Australian Family-Based Caregiving

ByCarol A. Morse, Rosalind Lau

chapter Chapter 6|2 pages

The Challenges and Issues Confronting Family Caregivers to Elderly Cancer Patients

ByVictoria H. Raveis

section Section 3|91 pages

The art of Letting Go

chapter Chapter 8|13 pages

Bioethics and End-of-Life Issues

ByGail Tulloch

chapter Chapter 9|18 pages

End-of-Life Care in Israel

BySara Carmel

chapter Chapter 10|7 pages

The Dying Patient: Israeli A ttitudes and Proposals

ByAvraham Steinberg

chapter Chapter 11|17 pages

Advance Directives

ByJiska Cohen-Mansfield

chapter Chapter 13|15 pages

Palliative Care for the Aged Community: An Australian Perspective

ByLinda J. Kristjanson, Jayne Walton, Christine Toye