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The Definitions and Onset of an Old Person in South-Western Nigeria

Akanbi, M. A. and Fadayomi, Theophilus and Wusu, O. and Tinuola, Femi 0. and Amoo, Emmanuel O. and Gbadebo, Babatunde Makinde and Olawole-Isaac, A. and Adekola, Paul Oluwatomipe (2015) The Definitions and Onset of an Old Person in South-Western Nigeria. Educational Gerontology. pp. 1-10.

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The paper investigated the definitions and onset of an old person in South-Western Nigeria. The study captured 13 and 11 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Lagos and Oyo States. The states were selected randomly among the six states in the southwest geo-political zone of Nigeria. Similar procedure was adopted in selecting the LGAs. A triangulation approach was used in the research design. Four FGDs and 30 In-depth interviews were conducted as exploratory approaches. This was later complimented with face-to-face interviews among 938 old persons using questionnaire administration in the selected locations. Only descriptive analyses were carried out. Major findings include different dimensions of the definitions of 'an old person' which centered on frailty, inactivity, loss of strength, respect; sickness; growing old and inability to do hard work. A popular assertion for the onset of old person is that anyone who has reached the age of 50 years and above is regarded as an old person. The finding contradicts other culture (especially western) perspectives that old person or elderly begins at 60 or 65 years. The study represents an insight for governments and other stakeholders that all plans and benefit/provisions for aged should take into cognisance the onset of this period and give room for appropriate classification aged in South West Nigeria.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2015 12:06
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2017 11:01

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