Letter to the Editor| Volume 19, ISSUE 12, P1140-1141, December 2018

Long-term Care for Older Adults in Africa: Pay Attention to the Situation of Older Women

      In their recent editorial in JAMDA, Essuman et al
      • Essuman A.
      • Agyemang F.A.
      • Mate-Kole C.C.
      Long-term care for older adults in Africa: Whither now?.
      address an issue that is only starting to emerge in Africa, namely the management of older persons in long-term care facilities. There are several reasons for this. From a societal perspective, the old African saying “When an old person dies, a library burns to the ground” seems to have become obsolete. Indeed, the older members of African society are progressively losing their central role as sages, protectors of tradition, and guarantors of the passing down of culture from generation to generation. Although it is true that traditional barriers are being torn down in today's world, there still remains a strong feeling of guilt and shame for African families when they envisage placing their elders in long-term care facilities. For this reason, although the demand may exist, it is rarely expressed by families.
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