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Journal of Aging Research
Volume 2010, Article ID 672157, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.4061/2010/672157
Research Article

Population Ageing in Ghana: Research Gaps and the Way Forward

Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana, P.O. Box 96, Legon, Ghana

Received 8 February 2010; Accepted 22 July 2010

Academic Editor: J. Woo

Copyright © 2010 Chuks J. Mba. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper attempts to highlight research gaps and what should be done concerning population ageing in the Ghanaian context. The proportion of the elderly increased from 4.9 percent in 1960 to 7.2 percent in 2000, while the number rose from 0.3 million to 1.4 million over the same period (an increase of 367 percent). Projection results indicate that by 2050, the aged population will account for 14.1 percent of the total population. Very little is known about the living arrangements and health profile of Ghana's older population. With increasing urbanization and modernization, it is important to know something about intergenerational transfers from adult children to their elderly parents, and characterize the elderly persons' food security strategies. Training of researchers will be important in terms of strengthening Ghana's capacity to monitor trends, as well as to conduct research and explore new directions in population ageing research.