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Ageing in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Two-thirds of global population aged over 60 now live in Africa, Asia and Latin America yet they remain under researched.  While most issues facing people as they age are broadly similar across the world the contexts in which they play out can differ significantly, radically changing the opportunities and challenges older people face.
This SIG will focus on low and middle income countries in order to strengthen gerontology’s ability to develop and promote rigorous, comparative and cross-cultural research that comprehends the impact of rapidly changing economies, different cultural contexts, policy making and policy implementation on later life.

Aims & Objectives:

The SIG aims to facilitate the building of a stronger empirical base and the development of new theories on ageing that are attuned to the specific policy, economic, demographic and cultural contexts of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The SIG will:

  • Provide a space and intellectual community to foreground the political, social, economic, demographic, policy, cultural and historical contexts that impact on ageing in Asia, Africa and Latin America
  • Draw together academics, research students and NGO personnel
  • Hold meetings primarily in central London, hosted by Age International and HelpAgeInternational, the key NGO organisations working on ageing in low and middle income settings.
  • Organise meetings around themed sessions
  • Hold an annual SIG panel at the BSG conference
  • Promote doctoral students and early career researchers in this area of gerontology


Steering committee members:

Joining the SIG:

Membership of the Ageing in Africa Asia and Latin America SIG is open to all.

If you would like to be part of this SIG please contact the SIG members


BSG Annual Conference:

Building late life resilience and inclusive communities in Africa and Latin America 

9-11 am UK time, 6th July

Free registration- please reserve tickets here:

Access information will be shared with those registered in advance of the sessions. 

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.