Church-based organisations and their role in the support of older adults in Nnewi, South-east Nigeria

  • Samuel O. Ebimgbo University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Oscar N Atumah University of Abuja
  • Uzoma O. Okoye University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Keywords: Church, Church-based organisations, Pragmatic roles, Social support, Older adults


Background: Despite increase in the number of older adults in Nigeria, and the health, social and economic implications that accompany this reality due to burden of care on families, little is known about the role of church-based organisations in the provision of support and care to older adults in Nigeria. The aim of this study was to explore the place of the church in the support and care of older adults.Data Source and Method: Sample size of (n = 40) participants were recruited for the study. Focus Group Discussion and In-depth Interview were employed for data collection.Results: The findings revealed that church-based organisations were a significant source of support for older adults; however, some of the support provided by church-based organisations was exclusively at the reach of older adults who are members of a particular church network.Conclusion: The paper therefore recommends for an all-inclusive support and care for older adults by church-based organisations in the society, irrespective of the one’s religious denomination.

Author Biographies

Samuel O. Ebimgbo, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Department of Social Work15
Oscar N Atumah, University of Abuja
Depratment of Sociology
Uzoma O. Okoye, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Department of Social Work