Empower to Enrich the Elderly Program: For Vulnerable Older Adults in Nigeria

Farombi, Temitope, Akinyemi, Olajoke, Adelaja, Damilola, Elugbadebo, Olufisayo and Khan, Hafiz T.A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1817-3730 (2022) Empower to Enrich the Elderly Program: For Vulnerable Older Adults in Nigeria. In: X. INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM OF SOCIAL AND APPLIED GERONTOLOGY, 21-23 November 2022, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey.

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Abstract

Background: The process of ageing involves a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors. The rising proportion of older adults and increase in life expectancy have increased interest in maintaining and promoting cognitive health in later life. Participation in cognitively stimulating activities has been considered to maintain or strengthen cognitive skills, thereby reducing age-related cognitive decline. An important aspect of healthy ageing is the promotion of good mental health and well-being in later life.
Objective: The aim of the study was to examine how older adults’ empowerment improve cognition, mental and physical well-being in the community.
Methodology: A sample of 20 purposively selected older adults in the community were empowered in their different vocation of choice. Data was collected via in-depth interview and observations. An interpretive-descriptive analysis was used to facilitate data analysis.
Results: The associated benefits of empowerment of older adults to improve their cognition emerged into five themes: quality of life; increased physical function; social interaction; socio-economic effect; and mental stability.
Conclusion: Empowerment-based programs should be provided for older people in the society for them to take advantage of the opportunities to feel safe, supported and optimistic about life and its possibilities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Depositing User: Hafiz T.A. Khan
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2022 06:25
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2022 06:40
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/9646

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