Culture-based Social support to Older Adults in Nnewi, South-East Nigeria

Samuel O Ebimgbo, Christy N Obi-Keguna, Ngozi E Chukwu, Chinyere E Onalu, Sunday E Abonyi, Uzoma O Okoye


Background: Old age usually comes with frailty and withdrawal resulting to dependence on various support systems for assistance. However, studies have shown that social support available for older adults from these support systems especially in south-east Nigeria is inadequate. This study therefore depicts some cultural activities as a form of social support system for older adults.

Data and methods: Focus group discussions and in-depth interviews were conducted with 40 older adults and their caregivers. Thematic analytic approach was adopted to analyse the data.

Findings: Some of the prevailing cultural activities including village meetings, marriage ceremonies, child naming or dedications, funerals, postpartum care serve as veritable means of support to older adults. Conclusion: This study therefore suggests that older adults should be encouraged to participate in some of these activities in order to ensure satisfactory support.  


Cultural activities, care-givers, inadequate support, older adults, south-east Nigeria.

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