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Aging in Sub-Saharan Africa: Recommendation for Furthering Research.


National Research Council (US) Committee on Population; Cohen B, Menken J, editors.


Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2006.
The National Academies Collection: Reports funded by National Institutes of Health.


Economic security, health and disability, and living conditions in old age are policy concerns throughout the world, but the nature of the problem differs considerably from continent to continent and between and within countries. In sub-Saharan Africa older people make up a relatively small fraction of the total population, and traditionally their main source of support has been the household and family, supplemented in many cases by other informal mechanisms, such as kinship networks and mutual aid societies. Although very little careful empirical research has been undertaken on long-term trends in the welfare of older people, there are a number of reasons to believe that traditional caring and social support mechanisms in sub-Saharan Africa are under increasing strain.

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