The experience of elderliness of residents of Boikucho Old-Age Centre

  • Tania Coetzee Department of Sociology, University of the Orange Free State


This paper examines the perceptions and experience of elderliness of residents of the Boikucho Old-Age Centre outside Bloemfontein in the Free State. The data collected from selected residents show that their perceptions and experience of elderliness are mainly negative. This negativity is directly related to their self-conceptualization, which is influenced by factors such as their immediate circumstances and the social environment. The negativity must be understood within a broad traditional socio-cultural context.


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