An Aging World

Episode 1: Elder Care Through Digital Technologies

Published on 30 November 2022 - Created by Josien de Klerk

In the first episode, Medical Anthropologist Tanja Ahlin from the University if Amsterdam explores the phenomenon of transnational elder care. What happens to care for parents when their children migrate? And how can mobile phones and Skype bridge, or not, the distance between family members?


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