Caregiving during the COVID-19 and elder abuse in Africa : research and policy directions

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Abstract

Given how COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted every aspect of our lives, this paper aims to discuss potential mistreatment of older adults by informal caregivers during the COVID-19 outbreak in Africa and possible ways to help address it. The unprecedented global COVID-19 crisis has distorted informal caregivers’ roles. And as a consequence, informal caregivers are required to adjust their roles in order to reduce caregiving burden and stress. More importantly, the COVID-19 crisis has caused challenging situations which might potentially cause family caregivers to abuse their older relatives. Despite this, research on this subject, up to this point, remains nascent in Africa. Researchers also have failed to examine the pattern of the increasing reports of abuse, violence and discrimination against older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa. This paper, therefore, calls for a deeper research on the dynamics and the immediate and long-term impacts of abuse against older adults in Africa.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2021
EventPostgraduate Conference on Interdisciplinary Learning: Re-Imagining Postgraduate Studies in the 21st Century and Beyond - Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Duration: 26 Mar 202127 Mar 2021
https://www.ln.edu.hk/sgs/postgraduate-conference-on-interdisciplinary-learning-2021

Conference

ConferencePostgraduate Conference on Interdisciplinary Learning
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityTuen Mun
Period26/03/2127/03/21
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Bibliographical note

Abstract published in Postgraduate Conference on Interdisciplinary Learning : Re-Imagining Postgraduate Studies in the 21st Century and Beyond : Programme book, Lingnan University, 2021, p. 30.

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