Multiple impacts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the aged in rural Uganda

Williams, Alun and Tumwekase, Grace (2001) Multiple impacts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the aged in rural Uganda. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 16 3: 221-236. doi:10.1023/A:1011953126460

Author Williams, Alun
Tumwekase, Grace
Title Multiple impacts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the aged in rural Uganda
Journal name Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1573-0719
Publication date 2001-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1023/A:1011953126460
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 16
Issue 3
Start page 221
End page 236
Total pages 16
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers
Language eng
Subject C1
321006 Gastroenterology and Hepatology
730203 Health related to ageing
321299 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
730207 Health related to specific ethnic groups
Abstract This paper reports research conducted among theaged residents of a rural, Southwestern Ugandanvillage. It documents their knowledge ofHIV/AIDS, their perceptions of their own riskof infection, and the multiple impacts of thecurrent HIV/AIDS epidemic on their lives. Mostolder individuals have a sound understanding ofthe sexual transmission of HIV, and someconsider themselves to be at risk of infectionthrough having multiple sexual partners. Theyattempt to limit their children's exposure toHIV, but many of these children have left thevillage to live in urban areas of relativelyhigh HIV prevalence. The loss of adult childrendeprives the aged of any support these childrenmight have provided as their parents'capabilities declined with advancing age.Female-headed households were more affected inthis way than were male-headed households. TheAIDS epidemic has increased the number ofburials taking place in the village, and theiraccumulated costs, both in time and money, andcreated new hardships for the aged, who alsohave to cope with grief that accompaniescontinuing deaths among their children andtheir contemporaries' children.
Keyword Aged
Grief and loss
Social support
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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