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Who takes care of the Elderly in Ethiopia when Reciprocal Relationships Breakdown?

Ayana, Abdi LU (2012) WPMM42 20121
Sociology
Abstract
In Ethiopia social welfare is found at an infancy stage where only people who have been working as public employees are guaranteed with a secured income upon retirement. On the other hand those who never had the opportunity of formal employment and those self-employed individuals do not have a guaranteed income where there is no provision by the state. By exploring care for the elderly in Ethiopia, primarily financial support, this paper sought to grant a better understanding of the challenges elderly people face and how they cope with these challenges when traditional patterns of care for the elderly fail. The findings of this study revealed that access to food, shelter; lack of education, health problems; loneliness and depression as the... (More)
In Ethiopia social welfare is found at an infancy stage where only people who have been working as public employees are guaranteed with a secured income upon retirement. On the other hand those who never had the opportunity of formal employment and those self-employed individuals do not have a guaranteed income where there is no provision by the state. By exploring care for the elderly in Ethiopia, primarily financial support, this paper sought to grant a better understanding of the challenges elderly people face and how they cope with these challenges when traditional patterns of care for the elderly fail. The findings of this study revealed that access to food, shelter; lack of education, health problems; loneliness and depression as the major problems facing older people. It also illuminated the role of reciprocal relationships in care for the elderly and the importance of family, the insufficient support rendered to the elderly by the Ethiopian government and the role non-governmental organizations can play in the mitigation of the problems of elderly people. (Less)
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author
Ayana, Abdi LU
supervisor
organization
course
WPMM42 20121
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Ethiopia, family, elderly people, reciprocal relationships, social welfare, social protection, poverty.
language
English
id
3054302
date added to LUP
2012-09-28 08:00:10
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2012-09-28 08:00:10
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  abstract     = {In Ethiopia social welfare is found at an infancy stage where only people who have been working as public employees are guaranteed with a secured income upon retirement. On the other hand those who never had the opportunity of formal employment and those self-employed individuals do not have a guaranteed income where there is no provision by the state. By exploring care for the elderly in Ethiopia, primarily financial support, this paper sought to grant a better understanding of the challenges elderly people face and how they cope with these challenges when traditional patterns of care for the elderly fail. The findings of this study revealed that access to food, shelter; lack of education, health problems; loneliness and depression as the major problems facing older people. It also illuminated the role of reciprocal relationships in care for the elderly and the importance of family, the insufficient support rendered to the elderly by the Ethiopian government and the role non-governmental organizations can play in the mitigation of the problems of elderly people.},
  author       = {Ayana, Abdi},
  keyword      = {Ethiopia,family,elderly people,reciprocal relationships,social welfare,social protection,poverty.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Who takes care of the Elderly in Ethiopia when Reciprocal Relationships Breakdown?},
  year         = {2012},
}