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TitleSouthern African Journal of Gerontology, volume 6, number 1, April 1997
AuthorFerreira, Monica (editor)
AuthorMoller, Valerie
AuthorHSRC/UCT Centre for Gerontology
SubjectGerontology -- South Africa
SubjectOlder people -- Care -- South Africa
Format32 p.
Abstract[From Editorial] A variety of papers covering interesting and relevant topics and emanating from several countries are included in this number. Togonu-Bickersteth examines levels of satisfaction with care received from sons and daughters of older Yoruba in rural Nigeria. She finds that contrary to expectations, older women are more satisfied than older men with the assistance received from children. Makoni examines the effects of Alzheimer"s disease as the disease progresses on the conversational ability of an older second-language speaker. Cattell reports on exploratory research among Zulu grandmothers and granddaughters in KwaZulu-Natal and finds that older women continue to have important roles in the socialization of granddaughters, especially regarding sexual behaviour. Van Dokkum makes out a case for a durable power of attorney, not yet provided for in South African legislation, which can help to protect older citizens against malpractices or exploitation when, because of impaired mental functioning, they are no longer able to look after their affairs. Lefroy gives an update on the Special Dementia Unit as an alternative residential care fac il ity for afflicted older Australians and examines the advantages of this type of accommodation for individuals. their families and society. Finally, Moller reviews a book written by Nana Araba Apt of Ghana. enti tled Coping with old age in a changing Africa. She concludes that readers will learn much from Apt"s ideas on building on indigenous institutions to meet the challenges of ageing in Africa.
PublisherHSRC/UCT Centre for Gerontology, University of Cape Town