SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONS OF SUCCESSFUL AGEING: THE CASE OF RUWARE PARK IN MARONDERA, ZIMBABWE

Keywords: social construction, successful ageing, geriatric, ageing, intervention plans, older persons

Abstract

Social constructions of successful ageing provide an invaluable resource for challenging and reconfiguring approaches and models of geriatric care. This paper has established that contrary to normative framing of successful ageing as that (ageing) which is free from diseases and infirmity, older persons in Ruware Park of Marondera had some social, cultural, personal and economic conceptualisations of the notion. Based on these varied conceptualisations, this paper has advocated for the remodelling of geriatric care programmes, policies and philosophies towards infusing localised notions of successful ageing in forming comprehensive and multidimensional geriatric intervention plans. Social work is critical in effectuating the change.

Author Biographies

Shingirai Paul Mbulayi, Fort Hare University
Postgraduate student
Simon Kang'ethe, Fort Hare University
Department of Social Work/SocialDevelopment
Published
2019-08-16
How to Cite
Mbulayi, S. P., & Kang’ethe, S. (2019). SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONS OF SUCCESSFUL AGEING: THE CASE OF RUWARE PARK IN MARONDERA, ZIMBABWE. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 55(3), 329. https://doi.org/10.15270/55-3-743
Section
Articles