Aging in Africa: The New Face of Ageism

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Not only is ageism and generalization upsetting to older people, but may even diminish successful aging and destabilize their lives.  Learn how to improve relationships with elderly Africans and how to use positive African beliefs and attitudes towards the elderly person. 

Older Africans who are exposed to positive ideologies have significantly better lives, whereas ageism impacts self-perceptions and it contributes to social Isolation and the thoughts of insignificance. 

"Aging in Africa:  The New Face of Ageism" expounds on the coded forms of discrimination, ageism and stereotyping in Africa. The author points out several cultural dynamics and issues within the African Continent.

"Aging in Africa: The New Face of Ageism" argues that different forms of ageism has been internalized by the sandwich generation in Africa.  Children of elderly adults, long before they begin raising their own families, plan to continue with familiar ageist actions and generalizations.  This, reinforces over their entire lifetimes, ageist actions such as making elderly parents sole caretakers of grandchildren.

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Maureen Uche is a Gerontologist, Chaplain and Author.  In this book, she expounds on the coded forms of discrimination, ageism and stereotyping associated with the elderly in Africa.  She points out several cultural dynamics and ageing-related issues within the African continent.  She describes in details, the spiritual and cultural dynamics associated with aging in Africa.

About the Author:

Maureen Uche enjoys working with the elderly. She writes for all persons in senior facilities anywhere. She is careful to present research on aging issues that helps all caregivers understand issues associated with aging.  In "Aging in Africa:  The New face of Ageism" one learns how to remain strong and true to those ideals, that validates the elderly African citizen.

Maureen's work is also known to enrich the lives of the elderly. She works directly with the elderly, communicating and analyzing communal needs. Her work clarifies care giving skills for elderly program developments. She has graduate degrees in gerontology and health care services-related professions. Maureen often reflects that she feels responsible for educating older people and their caregivers by giving informative presentations and publishing books that pertain to the elderly population and those that advertise elder programs.

Maureen understands the value of essays, books and writing.  She applauds every impact her writing has on important social issues. She is a prominent advocate of elder societal engagement and of the Continuity Theory of aging.   She is a critic of negative aging issues while emphasizing the positive areas within geropsychology.  She is quick at pointing out areas that needs better research.  She argues that ageism has been internalized by the sandwich generation of Africa.  She highlights the idea that children of elderly adults, long before they begin raising their own families, plan to continue with familiar ageist actions.  She continues to be an effective advocate for the elderly. She strongly believes that in other to eliminate ageism in the African culture, there must be an over hauling of several beliefs and values associated with aging, a re-historitization and a change in certain ethics and priorities. Maureen calls traditional African communities to challenge internalized ageist attitudes.

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