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Research findings in Ghana
 — a survey on the elderly in the Accra region
Author(s)C K Brown
Journal titleAfrican Gerontology, no 4, 1985
Pagespp 11-33
KeywordsOlder people ; Social surveys ; Ghana.
AnnotationThe main objective of the study carried out in 1983 in four communities of the Greater Accra Region was to examine the problems confronting Ghana's population of older people, and to find out how best to make them functioning members of society. Respondents had a generally negative view about being old. Old age in Ghana was thought to be characterised by hardships and problems (56.7%), a period of abandonment, neglect and loneliness (28.3%), a period of financial woes (12.6%), and a lack of respect by youth (0.8%). Only two of the 176 respondents had a positive view of being old. The following suggestions were explored for improving life in old age: institutional care; retraining of older workers; the role of government in providing for older people's upkeep; ensuring general welfare; and the role of older people themselves in society. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930803073 A
ClassmarkB: 3F: 7MS

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