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Title:Living Standards of the Elderly in South Africa
Author:Noumbissi, Amadou
Periodical:African Population Studies
Volume:19 Supplement A
Geographic term:South Africa
standard of living
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Economics and Trade
External link:http://www.bioline.org.br/pdf?ep04027
Abstract:This paper examines the living standards and well-being of the elderly (persons aged 60 years or over) in South Africa through the level of poverty of the household in which they reside. It uses the 1996 South Africa census microdata archived by the African Census Analysis Project of the University of Pennsylvania. The paper examines the socioeconomic status of the elderly by comparing their level of education and labour force participation to those of other members of the family. It shows that the elderly have a lower level of education than the rest of the population and that a non-negligible proportion of the elderly are obliged to work to survive. It further shows that more than forty percent of the elderly reside in very poor conditions They do not have access to electricity, clean water, garbage disposal and flush toilets. Using water from rivers for drinking and cooking, and animal dung for cooking and heating may seriously affect the health and well-being of the elderly population, especially of those who have developed disabilities and degenerative diseases linked to their age. Bibliogr., note, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]