• Anthony Obinna Iwuagwu Department of Social work, University of Nigeria, Nsukka


Formal, informal, older adults, support care services.


Objective: Since there is rapid increase in number of older adults there is need to explore the formal and informal support care services available for older adults in Enugu East Senatorial Districts.

Methods:  The study adopted the cross-sectional survey design. Quantitative data was collected using questionnaires. A sample of 195 questionnaires was used in the study. The data was analyzed using the version 20 Statistical Package For Social Science (SPSS), frequency distribution table and chi-square (χ2) was used to test the hypothesis formulated in the study.

Results: The finding of the study show that people are aware of formal and informal support care services and that majority of respondent provide care giving support to older adults. The result further revealed that older adults find it hard to access support care services especially the formal support care services. The study has implication for social work practice and policy makers in Nigeria, recommends that social workers  educate and influence social policies to ensure that older adults are been provided with the needed services and support they need in the society.

Conclusion:  In the face of rapid demographic change and increase in the number of older adults in the country, the need to provide support care service and facilities for older adults become the priority because older adults are vulnerable and need support and care services


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How to Cite

Anthony Obinna Iwuagwu. (2021). FORMAL AND INFORMAL SUPPORT CARE SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR OLDER ADULTS IN ENUGU EAST SENATORIAL DISTRICTS. Innovare Journal of Social Sciences, 10(1). Retrieved from



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