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Abstract

Against the background of the demographic shifts of population aging, increased immigration, and growing ethno‐cultural diversity in Canada, it is important that we gain a better understanding of the needs of aging families. To date, family gerontologists have begun producing research on aging families to better understand how their needs can be met. In order to assess the state of the literature on aging families, we conducted a literature search (2009‐ 2014) of eleven top, peer‐reviewed journals. This literature was then assessed, revealing five prevalent themes: (1) structural diversity in aging families, (2) family relationships in later life, (3) caregiving and intergenerational transfers, (4) living arrangements of aging families, and (5) partnerships in later life. This article synthesizes the research of each theme and each of their subsequent sub‐themes. Lastly, the article concludes with some suggestions for future directions in research which were revealed through the literature review.


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