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Title:The Health Problems of the Elderly Living in Institutions and Homes in Zimbabwe
Author:Nyanguru, Andrew C.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Health and Nutrition
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
Health conditions
Abstract:This paper is based on a study of health problems carried out in 1988 among 139 elderly people of all races (47 percent Europeans, 49 percent Africans, 4 percent Coloureds) living in homes and institutions in Zimbabwe. The results of the study show that European women and African men had more health problems than African women, European men and Coloureds of both sexes. Generally, European women were older than any other group. As a proportion of the population under study, Africans, particularly African women, were underrepresented. The number, nature and effects of health problems are examined. The major areas studied are mobility, ability to negotiate stairs, and handicaps, particularly deafness and blindness. African males tend to report more ill health and handicaps at an earlier age than other groups. The residents' assessment of their own health tends to be positively overreported, particularly by European women as could be expected from studies from other parts of the world. Europeans have better access to good medical facilities. Africans have a greater anxiety about death and dying because they are aware that they are not going to be afforded culturally appropriate burials. The policy implications of the findings are also briefly discussed. Bibliogr.