Aging in Twenty-first Century Nigeria: Social and Cultural Implications

By Esther Archibong.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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Literature has shown that aging is associated with a decline in the physical, emotional and social wellbeing. It is also noted that the aging population presents social, economic and cultural challenges to individuals, families, communities and societies. This study therefore examines most importantly, the social and cultural implications of aging in the contemporary Nigerian society with the purpose of determining the roles of the family in providing support for the welfare needs of the aged. Using questionnaire approach complemented with in-depth interview of selected 100 elderly persons and 200 family members in the study area, attitude and perceptions of community members towards the aged were probed. Results revealed that the old people in Calabar South and Calabar Municipality are living in poverty, isolation and boredom. It also revealed the longing of the aged to share and spend time with their counterparts to relieve their boredom. The study concludes by recommending a more improved family networking to involve the aged in family decision making, Government support for provision of social services for the aged by establishing more day care centres where the elderly can meet, chat and discuss matters of interests among themselves.

Keywords: Aged, Family, Social Welfare

The International Journal of Aging and Society, Volume 4, Issue 3-4, March 2015, pp.13-19. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 5, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 273.714KB)).

Dr. Esther Archibong

Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

Dr Esther Archibong is a Lecturer in Sociology Department of University of Calabar. She graduated from the Department of Sociology, in 2002 and subsequently got Masters and PhD degrees in 2007 and 2012 respectively, specializing in the area of Medical Sociology. Her interest also includes women’s health and gender issues. She is a NUFFIC Fellow at the University of Applied Sciences, Ede, Netherland. She has published extensively in her area of specialization and interest.