"We Clean Our Houses, Prepare for Weddings and Go to Funerals": Daily Lives of Elderly Africans in Majaneng, South Africa

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Doris Bohman, Sharon Vasuthevan, Neltjie C. van Wyk, Sirkka-Liisa Ekman
Title: "We Clean Our Houses, Prepare for Weddings and Go to Funerals": Daily Lives of Elderly Africans in Majaneng, South Africa
Translated title: "Vi städar våra hus, förbereder för bröllop och går på begravningar": Äldre afrikaners dagliga liv i Majaneng, Sydafrika
Journal: Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology
Year: 2007
ISSN: 0169-3816
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Health Science (Sektionen för hälsa)
School of Health Science S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/hal/
Authors e-mail: dbh@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: This ethnographic study aims to identify and describe how a group of elderly African people in South Africa experience their daily life and related concerns and interests. Data were collected through group interviews involving 16 elderly persons and complementary field observations. The data were analysed using a qualitative content analysis. From the analysis following sub-themes emerged. 1. Lack of basic resources; 2. Routines in daily life; 3. Experience of unsafe conditions; 4. "The disease" - HIV/AIDS. The results have been discussed according to the following themes: keeping normality and changing society. The study illuminates the varied experiences in daily life, including lack of basic resources, experience of unsafe conditions, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic and its consequences for the elderly as contributors to the extended family.
Subject: Nursing & Caring Sciences\General
Keywords: activities of daily life, changing society, elderly, ethnography, keeping normality, South Africa
Note: Published online: 7 July 2007 DOI 10.1007/s10823-007-9040-8 http://www.springerlink.com/content/g7j30106u84285un/?p=fe440973ff634697a4036e896ebf7d06&pi=2
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