Grandparent care: how much is too much?

Long-time COTA NSW collaborator Dr Bridget Jenkins appeared at The Relevance of Grandparenting in Modern Families forum, which was co-hosted by COTA NSW and the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) on 20 November 2014.The forum examined the role grandparenting plays in the lives of older people, and the roles grandparents play in families.

Grandparent care: how much is too much?

Grandparent care: how much is too much?

Released: 20-Nov-2014

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Grandparent care: how much is too much?



 Long-time COTA NSW collaborator Dr Bridget Jenkins appeared at The Relevance of Grandparenting in Modern Families forum, which was co-hosted by COTA NSW and the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) on 20 November 2014.The forum examined the role grandparenting plays in the lives of older people, and the roles grandparents play in families.

Dr Jenkins is recognised a leading researcher in grandparent care in Australia. Dr Jenkin’s has recently provided COTA NSW with an article bringing together some of her social research findings. Her article, which you can download here, looks at the point at which grandparents who provide regular childcare to their grandkids start to feel diminishing levels of satisfaction.

Her article is particularly interesting in the light of findings made by the Productivity Commission and released in its Childcare and Early Learning – Draft  Report, which noted that grandparents are now the leading providers of childcare in Australia. It found that more than a quarter (26%) of children under the age of 13 are regularly cared for by grandparents.*

The COTA NSW/AAG forum also touched on the difficult positions grandparents can find themselves in if they are providing full-time care of their grandchildren, with some finding themselves relegated to the sidelines when family relationships break down.

A presentation was also given by Professor Norah Keating, a family gerontologist interested in issues faced by older adults and their families and Prof. of Family Studies and Co-Director of Research on Ageing, Policies and Practice at the University of Alberta, Canada; Prof. of Gerontology at the University of Swansea, Wales; and Director, The Global Social Initiative on Ageing for the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.

Lucy Porter, grandparent carer and Grandparents Day Ambassador, also provided a presentation with concluding remarks offered by Ian Day, CEO, COTA NSW.

We encourage you to check back at the website to access Dr Jenkins’ presentation notes, which will be available here in full in coming days.

*“The majority of informal care is provided by grandparents. Nearly two‑thirds of the children aged 0 to 12 years who usually attended some type of informal care were cared for by grandparents (ABS 2012).”  Childcare and Early Learning – Draft  Report, p94

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