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Journal of Anthropological and Archaeological Sciences

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Wellbeing Among Seniors in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review of the Literature Volume 5 - Issue 1

Pauline Mulunda Phiri1, Kwadwo Adusei Asante*1 and Eyal Gringart1

  • 1School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia

Received:July 28, 2021   Published: August 13, 2021

Corresponding author:Kwadwo Adusei Asante, School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia

DOI: 10.32474/JAAS.2021.05.000201


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Factors contributing to the wellbeing of seniors have been the focus of research in recent years. However, literature shows that not many studies have been conducted in sub-Saharan Africa and this is what motivated the current study. Globally, people are living longer and by the year 2050, it is expected that the population over 60 years will rise to 2 billion, from 900 million in 2015. Considering this, most governments are looking for ways of supporting senior citizens, to help them live in a dignified manner in their retirement years. This is a challenge for most developing countries. While income is important, it is not the only measure of the wellbeing of individuals. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has produced a framework for assessing wellbeing, based on three pillars via which wellbeing can be understood and measured: material living conditions, quality of life and sustainability. A search for studies using keywords that included retirement and wellbeing factors was performed using four databases. Thereafter, articles were selected for full-text analysis. Reference lists of the selected studies were also checked for relevant studies. These studies were then rated for quality based on inclusion criteria. Data were analysed both qualitatively and quantitively to address the research questions. This study is intended to identify gaps in research on wellbeing of seniors on the African continent, which will guide a future doctoral study.

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