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Nutrition And Ageing In Africa, Karen E. Charlton Jan 1999

Nutrition And Ageing In Africa, Karen E. Charlton

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

Although the proportion of elderly people in African populations is much smaller than that in developed countries, the absolute numbers of older Africans are rapidly increasing. The huge majority of Africans live in poor economic circumstances and few countries are able to offer social assistance programs. The health and wellbeing of older persons largely depend on the integral existence of informal services, social support networks and kin support. African gerontologists have urged social welfare policy makers to take cognizance of self-organized intergenerational help systems already present on the continent, and to make public-sector finance available to support these systems. Nutrition ...


The Relationship Between The Determine Checklist, Social Factors, And Nutritional Risk In Rural, Community-Dwelling, Elderly Women , Ardith Ruth Brunt Jan 1999

The Relationship Between The Determine Checklist, Social Factors, And Nutritional Risk In Rural, Community-Dwelling, Elderly Women , Ardith Ruth Brunt

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Using a stratified sample of 249 older, rural, community-dwelling women grouped into three age cohorts (65--74 years, 75--84, and 85+ years), this research evaluated the ability of the DETERMINE checklist and social factors to identify those with at-risk nutritional status. A modified DETERMINE checklist found 7% and 42% of the sample to be at high and moderate risk, respectively. Anthropometric measures identified approximately 10% of the sample to be at-risk; however, at-risk measures were more prevalent among the oldest-old (aged 85+). At-risk energy intake was identified in half the women, with a larger percentage of young-old (aged 65--74) compared to ...