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Title Aging and health in Africa / Pranitha Maharaj, editor.
Imprint New York : Springer, 2013.

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Series International perspectives on aging ; 4
International perspectives on aging ; 4.
Subject Aging -- Africa.
Aging -- Social aspects -- Africa.
Older people -- Health and hygiene -- Africa.
Older people -- Medical care -- Africa.
Health Services for the Aged.
Alt Name Maharaj, Pranitha, 1972-
Description 1 online resource.
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Contents Introduction / Pranitha Maharaj -- Population Ageing in Africa / Natashya Kristanna Pillay and Pranitha Maharaj -- The Health Situation of Older People in Africa / Farzana Alli and Pranitha Maharaj -- Health and Health Seeking Behaviour in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Perspectives of the Elderly / Ganzamungu Zihindula and Pranitha Maharaj -- Older People in Rural Ghana: Health and Health Seeking Behaviours / Nana Apt -- Growing Old in the Era of AIDS: Perspectives and Experiences of Older Men and Women in South Africa / Chantal Munthree and Pranitha Maharaj -- The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Older Persons in Uganda / Annet Nankwanga, Stella Neema and Julie Phillips -- On the Fringe of Poverty: Care Arrangements for Older People in Rural Cameroon / Charles Che Fonchingong -- Ageing in Post-Apartheid South Africa: An Analysis of the "Nearly Old" / Nina Hunter and Julian May -- Understanding the Experiences of the Elderly in Rural Areas in Rwanda / Ganzamungu Zihindula and Pranitha Maharaj -- Policy and Programme Responses / Ashley Gresh and Pranitha Maharaj.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Countries with a high percentage of elders risk a serious disease burden and increasing stress on health and social welfare systems. Nowhere is this more evident than on the African continent, where high poverty rates, civil unrest, and unsteady government structures exist alongside medical advances and longer lifespans. Aging and health in Africa examines this multilayered scenario in abundant detail, providing both a continent-wide overview and nation-specific dispatches regarding an often-marginalized population. The book's demographic and socioeconomic profile of elders clarifies the connection between aging and health, and offers keys to better understanding our aging planet. Current and emerging policies and programs to improve health promotion and health care for older people are critiqued, and the author analyzes what still needs to be done to achieve world health goals, especially as nations continue to modernize and rebuild. For each country, the relationship is explored between the experience of elders and the larger social context, including South Africa: the situation of the "nearly old", Uganda: the impact of HIV/AIDS on the elderly, Camaroon: elder care arrangements in rural areas, Ghana: elder health and health-seeking behaviors, Congo: health perspectives of older people, and Rwanda: understanding the experiences of the rural elderly"--Publisher's description.
ISBN 9781441983572 (electronic bk.)
1441983570 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9786613934246
OCLC # 808468457
Additional Format Print version: 9786613934246

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