alexa Taking Care of Elderly Relations in South - eastern Nigeria

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Taking Care of Elderly Relations in South - eastern Nigeria

Providing care especially to the elderly, takes a huge toll, both physically and emotionally on t he caregiver . With the population of the elderly growing in Nigeria, one of the emerging issues is the care and support of elderly persons in years t o come. Few people are pr epared for the responsibilities and task s involved in caring for the aged because of the stress involved. This study investigates the experiences of caregivers of elderly relatives. Questionnaires were distributed to 330 respondents. Result shows that there exist s a significant relationship between caregiver’s age and level of stress (p =0.001 ). The sex of care receiver, the level of education of caregivers, level of education of care receiver are all significantly related to the level of stress. The role of social workers in future care and support of the elderly in Nigeria is discussed.

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