THE NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Volume 12, No. 1, (2014)
Unmet Needs for Care and Support for the Elderly in Nigeria: Gaps in Experiences and Expectations of the Aged in Ilesa, South-West Nigeria
Akanni Ibukun Akinyemi1 & Ambrose Akinlo
Department of Demography and Social Statistics Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria
1Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
The study is focused on understanding the broad issues of care and support of the elderly with a view to explaining factors influencing the gaps in their expectations and experiences. This is an empirical attempt with a view to understanding and underscoring the importance and limitation of the domains of support from core family members (spouses and children) within the available support networks for the elderly. The study utilized primary dataset including quantitative and qualitative data collected in Ijesa communities in South-west, Nigeria. The findings showed that children and spouses ranked highest among sources of support networks rated by the elderly for five patterns of support identified. Logistic regression results showed that individual variables including age, education, family of orientation, and living in same town with children to a large extent determine level of unmet need for support. The study concluded that personal attributes rather than other social variables are important determinants of high level of unmet need for elderly.
Keywords: unmet needs, care and support, elderly, Ilesa, Nigeria