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Building later life resilience and inclusive communities in Africa and Latin America
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06 July 2022
Building community-based interventions to support dependent older people in deprived neighbourhoods of Brazil. Karla Giacomin, René Rachou Institute, Fiocruz, Brazil Poliana Carvalho, René Rachou Institute, Fiocruz, Brazil Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, University of East Anglia, UK

Some cities in Brazil, including Belo Horizonte, are developing innovative schemes to support care-dependent older people and their families living in deprived neighbourhoods. We will provide an analytical account of one such intervention (Programa Maior Cuidado), drawing on qualitative and quantitative data. We will pay particular attention to how this intervention promoted linkages between local social services and health departments, and between service providers and the most vulnerable families, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Project ISCA: An interdisciplinary approach towards understanding infrastructures of care for and by older people in Sub-Saharan Africa Lowna Gie, North West University, South Africa Deljana Iossifova, University of Manchester, UK Chiko Ncube, Oxford Brookes University, UK Tanja Bastia, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, UK Nan Zhang, MICRA, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK

This presentation discusses a project funded by Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing aimed to investigate how infrastructures of care for and by older people in SSA are entangled with diverse layers of support, vulnerability, control and sometimes coercion. The research adopts a systemic and interdisciplinary approach to account for the entanglement of physical, human, legal, humanitarian, and other infrastructures of care created for and by older persons in SSA. Findings from the project will be presented to better understand the infrastructures of care that are enabling and disabling older people’s resilience and inclusion across scales and spatial forms.

Stigma as a barrier to creating inclusive communities for people with Parkinson’s disease in Kenya Dr Natasha Fothergill-Misbah, Lecturer in Gerontology, Department of Gerontology, University of Southampton Parkinson’s disease is characterised by visible symptoms which progress over time. People with Parkinson’s can experience social and self-stigma, which can impact psychological and physical well-being. This study explores the experiences of stigma across urban and rural Kenya with 55 people with Parkinson’s (median age 66.5 years), and 23 caregivers. Inductive thematic analysis identified drivers and facilitators of stigma, reported stigma experiences and resulting health and social impacts. Limited awareness about Parkinson’s was reported to be the main driver of people’s perceptions. Anti-stigma campaigns have the potential to tackle stigma around neurological diseases and build more inclusive communities for older people.

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