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Changing pattern of care and support for the aged living in Akungba-Akoko, Nigeria

Emmanuel A Fayankinnu, Adekunle Ajasin University
Adeyemi A Fayankinnu, Adekunle Ajasin University

This paper examined the pattern of changes in the care and support for the aged in Akungba-Akoko Nigeria; factors responsible for these changes, effects of the changes on the well-being of the aged and coping strategies employed to cushion the impact of changes on their well-being. Using a qualitative design, the paper revealed that the traditional care and support systems for the aged are declining due to the changing perception of ageing/old age, western influence, urban migration, women entry into paid employment and economic recession. These impedes on the well-being of the aged leading to coping mechanisms like alms begging, selling personal belongings, working for other people and depending on social service providers like church and local government. The paper concludes that the changes in the care and support for the aged impede on their well-being hence, the need to give attention to these changes

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Presented in Session 23: Measuring the Wellbeing of Older People