oa Professional Nursing Today - Culturally diverse care for older persons : what do we expect of caregivers? nursing

Volume 18 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1607-6672



Ageing is a natural life process. Older persons are a valuable resource, and are the repositories of tradition, culture, knowledge and skills. These attributes are essential when maintaining intergenerational links. Globally, older persons are living longer and healthier lives than previously. South Africa has one of the most rapidly ageing populations in sub-Saharan Africa, and houses the second largest number of older persons in the region. According to guidelines on the transformation of services to older persons, the elderly have been classified as a vulnerable group. The motivation behind this is that they could be exposed to a lifetime of hardship, malnutrition and poverty in old age, with high susceptibility to chronic disease.

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