n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Spatial behavior, care and well being of the elderly in developing country - Nigeria

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



The elderly constitute an increasing proportion of Nigeria's population, and yet the concerns and needs of the elderly are yet to feature prominently in major policy debates. In this contribution I examine spatial behaviour, care, and well-being of the elderly (age > 60 years) (n = 107) in Nigeria. The data used is from a larger household survey carried out by the author in Ibadan, Nigeria. Simple frequency analysis and correlation statistical techniques were used to analyze the data. Analysis of the daily activities of the elderly revealed that they are generally more involved in service to others, followed by household maintenance, domestic chores and social activities. Also, about 50% of the elderly sphere of activities is within 1Km from their house location. Result of the correlation analysis indicates a negative relationship between (i) psychological distress and household income and education level of the elderly and (ii) care of the elderly and their intra-urban travel. It also indicates a positive relationship between psychological distress and intra-urban travel of the elderly. Implications as it relates to the empowerment and enhancing the contributions of older persons to the development of culture, economic, and social activities are discussed in the paper.

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