“Who doesn’t Have Challenges? I Have a Lot of Challenges”: Exploring the Challenges and Coping Strategies of Neglected Older Adults in Ghana

Jacob Oppong NKANSAH, Kofi AWUVIRY-NEWTON*, Moses GYASI, Akosua Serwaa-Adomako BOATENG

*Corresponding author for this work

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3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the challenges neglected older adults experience and the strategies they employ to cope. A Phenomenological qualitative approach was adopted. Employing criterion purposive sampling, 12 older adults were recruited from a community in Winneba in Ghana. A semi-structured interview guide following focus group discussion was used to explore the challenges and the coping strategies of older adults. Thematic data analysis making use of descriptive coding was employed. The study revealed that neglected older adults experience financial challenges, health issues, and social isolations. They lacked decent accommodation, nutritional food and were prevented from determining the kind of food they want to eat. These neglected older adults survived by adopting internal and external coping strategies. This study offers a better understanding of the needs of neglected older adults and the nature of their coping strategies. It is recommended that financial and social care should be available for older adults
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-104
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology
Volume36
Issue number1
Early online date5 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the participants for their willingness to taking part in the study.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC part of Springer Nature.

Keywords

  • Elder neglect
  • Ghana
  • Older adults
  • Phenomenology

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