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International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 6 (2):1 (2013)
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Worldwide, the aging population is growing by leaps and bounds, affecting all regions and most countries (WHO 2006a; Weinberger 2007). These changing demographics generate a greater need for long-term care, whether provided in homes or institutional settings such as assisted living facilities and nursing homes. The majority of those in need will dwell in developing countries. Most will be women. The current state of the dependent elderly and of long-term care systems around the world is, by all accounts, precarious and in urgent need of attention. While there are important differences in these systems and among populations living under different social, political, economic, and health-care structures..

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