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Causes of neglect of the aged in Sekondi ��?Takoradi Met | 17649
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Causes of neglect of the aged in Sekondi ��?Takoradi Metropolis, Ghana

Abstract

Elizabeth Ba-Ama and Priscilla YaabaAckah

The study investigated 200 respondents comprising of 100 aged and 100 caregivers on the causes of perceived neglect of the aged by the family. The aged respondents were between 65 – 89 years while that of their caregivers were between 10 – above 60 years with majority (74%) being females. Interestingly, only 4% of the caregivers had been employed. There was significant difference (p < 0.05) between the ownership of residence of the aged and the people the aged lived with. From the study, 60% of the aged did not live with family members. Those who did not live with their family members attributed the situation to accommodation problem, economic hardships, migration among others. Sixty eight per cent affirmed that they were seldom visited by their children, other relatives or friends.

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