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Transformations of care of the aged among Africans: a study of the Kenyan situation

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Aging and Mental Health, 2(3), August 1998, pp.181-185.
Taylor and Francis

In traditional African cultures caring for the aged was a natural and expected part of life and also had its roots in strong religious beliefs. Modernisation in Africa has changed the status and care of the aged. Reports on the views 384 people in Kenya from a range of age groups and includes aged people in rural communities and in institutions. The vast majority of people thought that traditionally the aged were respected and revered. Despite this nearly three-quarters felt that the aged were inactive and almost all said that the aged had withdrawn from society because they felt they did not belong. Results suggest that more should be done to help the aged remain active and be more involved in society in general.


Elderly care: a world perspective

Chapman and Hall
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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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