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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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Older people providing care for older people in Tanzania: against conventions – but accepted

Older people providing care for older people in Tanzania: against conventions – but accepted

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(p.71) Three Older people providing care for older people in Tanzania: against conventions – but accepted
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Ageing in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Peter van Eeuwijk

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447325253.003.0004

This chapter explores intra-generational care where older persons provide care to other older persons in rural and urban Tanzania. ‘Elder to elder’ care does not comply with normative care expectations, but it is culturally accepted due to its conformity with prevailing gender roles: older wives caring for aged husbands. Yet, such care arrangements and care practices manifest an increased vulnerability and reduced resilience because of the advanced age of the main care-provider. This research shows that in critical health moments most older care-providers were in a position to extend their social space in order to involve younger kin to complement the care practices. Moreover, non-kin eldercare is an emerging form of care in Tanzania, in particular within formal and informal care arrangements run by older persons. Although these arrangements cannot fully replace the quality and quantity of kin care for older persons, they act as complementary support in eldercare.

Keywords:   intra-generational eldercare, elder to elder care, social space, care practices, Tanzania

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