Research Team

Principal investigators

Professor Jaco Hoffman (North-West University, South Africa and University of Oxford, UK)
Professor José Francisco Parodi (San Martín de Porres University, Peru and International Foundation for Integrated Care)
Dr. Nereide Curreri (San Martín de Porres University, Peru)

Project advisor

Professor Norah Keating (Director, Global Social Issues on Ageing)

Project team

Members of the team are researchers, NGOs and policymakers from Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Description of the Project

The Rural Communities for Ageing-Well project, aligned with one of the areas of action of the decade of healthy aging, will add to our understanding of features of rural communities in the global south that foster wellbeing of older adults. Rural and remote communities in these regions comprise vast geographical regions where a significant population of older people still lives. They are home to some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised people. Communities themselves may be poorly resourced. Poverty, low education, gender discrimination and less access to services tend to coexist in these communities.

The first phase of the project is a systematic review of current knowledge of community characteristics in the two regions that influence material and relational wellbeing of older persons. In the phase two we develop profiles of communities that reflect these characteristics. Together these activities will provide a detailed understanding of strengths and limitations in communities’ ability to support older residents and their families. The project will inform the action items from The UN Decade of Healthy Ageing:  to ensure that communities foster the abilities of older people.

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