THE NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Volume 12, No. 1, (2014)
Care of the Elderly in a Changing Nigerian Society
Augustine O. Dokpesi1 & Omoruyi Osunde
Department of Sociology & Anthropology University of Benin, Benin-City, Nigeria
1Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Traditionally in Africa, there is reciprocal dependency between parents and children. While children depend on their parents in meeting their needs at early stage in life, parents on the other hand, rely on their children for care and support later in life. This exchange of roles underscores the characteristic intergenerational reciprocal obligations obtainable in within the family. This paper is an assessment of how prevailing socio-economic conditions in Nigeria have impacted children’s caregiving obligation to parents in the face of government insensitivity on the welfare of the elderly. It advocates a synergy between informal and formal support systems to ensure adequate social and economic support for a meaningful ageng process in Nigeria.
Keywords: elderly, caregiving, intergenerational reciprocal obligation, social support