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Journal article

Toward a comprehensive understanding of the needs of elderly Ghanaians

Author:
DARKWA Osei K.
Journal article citation:
Ageing International, 25(4), Spring 2000, pp.65-79.
Publisher:
Springer
Place of publication:
New York

This article discusses the health, caregiving, socioeconomic, and service needs of elderly persons who live in Ghana. Brief sociodemographic information on the population is given. Challenges brought about by population ageing are discussed. Barriers to the provision of services to address the needs of the population are examined. Finally, measures are proposed to meet the challenges of providing services to elderly Ghanaians.

Journal article

Linkages between migration and the care of frail older people: observations from Greece, Ghana and the Netherlands

Authors:
VAN DER GEEST Sjaak, MUL Anke, VERMEULEN Hans
Journal article citation:
Ageing and Society, 24(3), May 2004, pp.431-450.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

There are at least four ways in which old age and migration cross each other's paths. First of all, there are people who migrated for economic reasons, usually at a relatively young age, and who have grown old in a foreign country. Secondly, there are older people who migrate when (or because) they are old: in Europe, they are mostly from the affluent northern countries and travel southward. Thirdly, there is increasing employment of, and demand for, immigrant workers in old-age institutions in the northern countries. Finally, there is the out-migration of young people, mainly from rural areas, that results in older people being left behind without children to look after them. In all these cases, migration has a profound effect on the wellbeing and care of older people. Explores a fifth linkage between migration and old age, by focusing on the (mainly illegal) immigrants who take on roles as private carers and, in effect, replace the children who have emigrated. Two cases, from Greece and Ghana, are presented and viewed in the two countries' political, cultural and economic contexts, and are then compared to conditions in the Netherlands. In both cases, involving a ‘stranger’ in the care of an older parent is regarded as a good and respectable solution to the problem of absent children and grandchildren: it follows rules of reciprocity and normally provides a good quality of care. Ironically, hiring full-time private care for older people is feasible in low-income countries but a rare luxury in high-income societies.

Book

Coping with old age in a changing Africa: social change and the elderly Ghanaian

Author:
APT Nana Araba
Publisher:
Avebury
Publication year:
1996
Pagination:
172p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Aldershot

Looks at changes in society in Africa which could lead to a similar crisis in caring for older people to that taking place in the developed nations. Includes chapters on: Ghanaian traditions of kin, clan and informal caring systems; the increasing burden on older people of social change; coping with old age in the new Ghanaian cultural context; portraits of ageing; and an appropriate age care system for Africa.

Book

Elderly care: a world perspective

Editor:
TOUT Ken
Publisher:
Chapman and Hall
Publication year:
1993
Pagination:
240p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Contains examples of successful service provision for older people from 40 countries. The case studies are organised into the following sections: care at home; community support; empowerment; participation; fitness and well-being; income generation; environment; integrated services; mental health; training for elder care; organisation of services; and older women.

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