Exploring the health status of older persons in Sub Saharan Africa

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620473
Title:
Exploring the health status of older persons in Sub Saharan Africa
Authors:
Audain, Keiron A.; Carr, Michelle; Dikmen, Derya; Zotor, Francis B.; Ellahi, Basma
Abstract:
Sub-Saharan Africa has traditionally had a low life expectancy due to the onslaught of the HIV epidemic, high levels of chronic diseases, injuries, conflict and undernutrition. Therefore, research into public health concerns of older persons has largely been overlooked. With a growing population, the roll-out of antiretroviral treatment, and the effects of globalisation; Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing an increase in the number of people over 50 years of age as well as an increase in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases. The aim of this review is to highlight available research on the health status of older persons in Sub-Saharan Africa, and to identify the current gaps that warrant further investigation. A literature search was conducted across multiple databases to identify studies in Sub-Saharan Africa on older persons (aged 50 years and older) related to health indicators including nutritional status, non-communicable diseases and HIV burden. Whilst it was concluded that older persons are at an increased risk of poor health, it was also determined that significant gaps exist in this particular area of research; namely nutrient deficiency prevalence. Resources should be directed towards identifying the health concerns of older persons and developing appropriate interventions.
Affiliation:
University of Zambia; University of Chester; Hacettepe University; University of Health and Allied Science; University of Chester
Citation:
Audain, K., Carr, M., Dikmen, D., Zotor, F., & Ellahi, B. (2017 - in press). Exploring the health status of older persons in Sub Saharan Africa. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Journal:
Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
Publication Date:
2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620473
Additional Links:
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/proceedings-of-the-nutrition-society
Type:
Article
Language:
en
EISSN:
1475-2719
Appears in Collections:
Health and Social Care

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dc.contributor.authorAudain, Keiron A.en
dc.contributor.authorCarr, Michelleen
dc.contributor.authorDikmen, Deryaen
dc.contributor.authorZotor, Francis B.en
dc.contributor.authorEllahi, Basmaen
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-07T10:55:34Z-
dc.date.available2017-04-07T10:55:34Z-
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.identifier.citationAudain, K., Carr, M., Dikmen, D., Zotor, F., & Ellahi, B. (2017 - in press). Exploring the health status of older persons in Sub Saharan Africa. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620473-
dc.description.abstractSub-Saharan Africa has traditionally had a low life expectancy due to the onslaught of the HIV epidemic, high levels of chronic diseases, injuries, conflict and undernutrition. Therefore, research into public health concerns of older persons has largely been overlooked. With a growing population, the roll-out of antiretroviral treatment, and the effects of globalisation; Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing an increase in the number of people over 50 years of age as well as an increase in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases. The aim of this review is to highlight available research on the health status of older persons in Sub-Saharan Africa, and to identify the current gaps that warrant further investigation. A literature search was conducted across multiple databases to identify studies in Sub-Saharan Africa on older persons (aged 50 years and older) related to health indicators including nutritional status, non-communicable diseases and HIV burden. Whilst it was concluded that older persons are at an increased risk of poor health, it was also determined that significant gaps exist in this particular area of research; namely nutrient deficiency prevalence. Resources should be directed towards identifying the health concerns of older persons and developing appropriate interventions.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/proceedings-of-the-nutrition-societyen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectElderlyen
dc.subjectGeriatricen
dc.subjectNutritionen
dc.subjectDementiaen
dc.subjectMalnutritionen
dc.subjectHIVen
dc.subjectObesityen
dc.titleExploring the health status of older persons in Sub Saharan Africaen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1475-2719-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Zambia; University of Chester; Hacettepe University; University of Health and Allied Science; University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalProceedings of the Nutrition Societyen
dc.date.accepted2017-03-23-
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderUnfundeden
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUnfundeden
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-04-07-
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