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  1. Introduction
  2. Informal Social support
  3. Cost of living & Skilled manpower
  4. Challenges of dependence
  5. Conclusion

Over the past few years, the increasing cases of neglect among the aging population have raised concern among the general public and especially in the United States. The rising number of old people is mounting a lot of pressure on social services as well as the working population. This pressure is in turn
generating a lot of friction within social caregivers and the resources and funding required to stay afloat leading to a lot of families opting to offer social support to their elderly.
Similarly, the numbers of old people are projected to grow profoundly and furthermore to occupy 62% of the population by the year 2030 (Pickard et al., 2000). It is from these figures that families and friends are encouraged to take up the mantle in offering informal social support to the elderly in an attempt to prevent over-reliance on the nation's budget as well as social funds.

[...] England. Schofield, H., Bloch, S., Herrman, H., Murphy, B., Nankervis, J. & Singh, B. (1998). Family Caregivers: Disability, Illness and Aging. Allen and Unwin: St Leonards, New South Wales. [...]

[...] Programs such as local carpentry classes or home refurbishment, not only pay for the costs of taking care of the elderly but also help in harnessing some of the skills the old people possess. With old age comes the issue of dependence. More and more elderly people tend to be dependent on their immediate care-givers and this is why families are being urged to chip in to avoid too much over-reliance on social care. Promoting independence not only guarantees the old supplementary income but it also provides the workforce with reserve manpower in case of insufficient manpower (Kendig, Hashimoto & Coppard, 1992). [...]

[...] Apart from this, the likelihood of an old person forgetting directions while driving can prove to be disastrous on the road or even lead to an accident. On the other hand, families and communities rely on the elderly to achieve some certain tasks as a form of saying thank you. In ordinary American homes elderly people usually take on babysitting duties as a way of keeping themselves busy and also as way of making up for the lost time. Such duties not only harden the bonds in the family but also prevent the old from feeling lonely and a burden to the society. [...]

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