Ageing and Health
The ageing of societies is a major global achievement. However, it poses new challenges to underfunded health systems. Global demographic estimates show that until 2050, the absolute number of elderly people over 60 years will at least double in Sub-Saharan Africa. Growing old in these settings means coping with chronic conditions such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes or the loss of eyesight. Researchers at Swiss TPH analyse old people’s agency, deploying a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods.
Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Deploying methods from the social sciences and epidemiology, researchers at Swiss TPH focus on the health of elderly people and their individual strategies to promote health and cope with chronic disease. They investigate why some elderly people are able to access health resources and anticipate health related risks while others fail. Health promotion and care provision become a major concern for older people in low-income countries, especially for those living with chronic diseases and ageing impairments.