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Understanding resilience in later life in a low resource setting

  • Start date: 31 October 2012
  • End date: 31 July 2015

This project brings together researchers from the Centre for Research on Ageing and also the ESRC Centre for Population Change at the University of Southampton, as well as experts from the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) in Nairobi.

The project uses a mixed methods approach is to improve our understanding of how social capital, economic, and individual factors interact to enhance the wellbeing of older people living in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. It combines in-depth qualitative research with quantitative analysis of unique panel data of 2,000 older people aged 50 and over living in two Nairobi slums who have been followed over time.

The study seeks to better understand resilience among older people in coping with stresses and shocks, and how some people are able to adapt and to emerge with better health and socio-economic outcomes and overall wellbeing relative to other older people in these communities. It is envisaged that the findings from this study will inform policies and programmes seeking to alleviate poverty and improve the lives of poor people by enhancing their capabilities and resourcefulness in drawing upon existing capital.