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Ageing in Sub-Saharan AfricaSpaces and Practices of Care$
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Jaco Hoffman and Katrien Pype

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447325253

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447325253.001.0001

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Will families in Ghana continue to care for older people? Logic and contradiction in policy

Will families in Ghana continue to care for older people? Logic and contradiction in policy

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(p.21) One Will families in Ghana continue to care for older people? Logic and contradiction in policy
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Ageing in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Sjaak van der Geest

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447325253.003.0002

Ghanaian politicians and moral authorities insist that care for older people is and must remain a family responsibility. They sharply criticise the use of old people’s homes and other care institutions in ‘Western’ high-income countries. This chapter explores the future feasibility of keeping older persons in their homes with their children and grandchildren and critically analyses the country’s policy towards the long-term social and health care for older people in need.

Keywords:   older people, care, family, policy, old people’s homes, Ghana

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