Yusuf Unal

Bahcesehir University

Turkish family ties are quite strong. From the birth, till the end, we are traditionally obliged to fulfil our responsibility towards each other. Supporting, appropriation, and taking care almost works in a shifting system in Turkish family structure. When it comes to care taking, individual roles and ages have no meaning inside the family. Youngsters turn into parents, and parents turn into child as they get extremely old. Care taking to elderly is more then a responsibility but it is also a part of a personal pride. Even though this trait is in the trend of decline in modern cities of Turkey, there are still some examples. Thanks to this trait, Turkey does not need so many pension houses for elders. In most of the country elderlies mainly taken care by youngers of the family, which is a very helpful social support. Mrs. Sevilay and her father Fikri, the daughter is a good example. Sevilay is 51 years old Turkish women living with her father in one of the low-income outskirts of ?stanbul, called Gazi Osman Pa?a . Mr. Fikri (83) is suffering from Alzheimer's disease and thyroid cancer as well. According to doctors not much life time left for him. Mr. Fikr? has gradually become like a baby, loosing many of his physical and mental abilities including talking and identifying people other then his daughter. Sevilay is now taking motherly care to her baby like father. She is committed to be there until the last minute. Rest of the family members occasionally come and visit to check on them and give a hand when necessary, such as for shaving every other week or for shower time which is very gentle one.
Day begins with a baby breakfast.