International Perspectives on Aging

Aging and Health in Africa

Editors: Maharaj, Pranitha (Ed.)

  • Cross-disciplinary research, addressing diverse issues facing older people
  • Systematically examines aging and health within and across countries at different levels of development in Africa
  • Focuses on the social realities of older population using case studies from several African countries
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About this book

Population aging is a matter of global concern. It often occurs in tandem with changes in the health profile of the population. In Africa, many countries are already facing a high burden of communicable diseases. However, as more and more children survive childhood and move on to adult years and old age they are also more likely to experience health problems associated with the aging process. Population aging in Africa is occurring in the context of high levels of poverty, changing family structures, an immense disease burden, fragile health systems and weak or poorly managed government institutions. This book shows that aging is likely to lead to increased social and economic demands for the continent. However, most national governments in Africa have not begun to address the issue of how to respond effectively to the needs of the older population. This will require a better understanding of the socio-economic and demographic situation of the older population in Africa. This book fills the gaps that exist by exploring the social realities of population aging in Africa. It also focuses on the policy and programmatic responses, gaps and future challenges related to aging across the continent.

About the authors

Pranitha Maharaj, Ph.D. is an associate professor at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. Before joining the School of Development Studies she was a lecturer at the Department of Sociology at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg. She holds a Ph.D. from the Centre for Population Studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her areas of interest include aging, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV prevention. She has published widely in top international and national journals, and is also currently involved in policy research. Her most recent work, published in Research on Aging, investigated the impact of AIDS on older people in South Africa.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Maharaj, Pranitha

    Pages 1-9

  • Population Ageing in Africa

    Pillay, Natashya Kristanna (et al.)

    Pages 11-51

  • The Health Situation of Older People in Africa

    Alli, Farzana (et al.)

    Pages 53-89

  • Health and Health Seeking Behaviour in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Perspectives of the Elderly

    Zihindula, Ganzamungu (et al.)

    Pages 91-101

  • Older People in Rural Ghana: Health and Health Seeking Behaviours

    Apt, Nana

    Pages 103-119

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Aging and Health in Africa
Editors
  • Pranitha Maharaj
Series Title
International Perspectives on Aging
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-8357-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-8357-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-8356-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-7365-8
Series ISSN
2197-5841
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 244
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