Risk, trust, and relationships in an aging society

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From the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, this review considers the role of individual motivation and cognition in dealing with some of the challenges, choices, and tensions confronted in daily life in relation to the issues of risk and trust. It looks at both informal and semi-formal caring and supportive relationships.

The report:

▪   asks what would help make people more confident to make better decisions about caring for and supporting each other

▪   explores what helps or sustains people in local communities who offer help and support to others within their social network

▪   examines how society's capacity to support an aging society could be strengthened

▪   considers how formal social care structures interact with informal and semi-formal spheres and what they can learn from them