Evidence abounds that links elder abuse to loneliness, mobility limitations and cognitive vulnerability such as dementia. However, little is known about how these impact Black older adults. EAPO was joined by  Dr Michael Kalu, Dr Blessing Ojembe and Oluwagbemiga Oyinlola as they discussed insights from their individual research with Black older adults on mobility limitations, loneliness and dementia, respectively.

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Research Organization

ERPAAN Emerging Researchers & Professionals in Ageing- African Network
A research network created in 2017 with the purpose of bringing together early researchers and professionals in ageing in Africa. We conduct multi/transdisciplinary research examining key issues in ageing with the aim of informing ageing policies.

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Research Articles

Understanding Social and Emotional Loneliness among Black Older Adults: A Scoping Review

“You’re Not Understood, and You’re Isolated”: A Narrative Account of Loneliness by Black Older Adults in Ontario, Canada
Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 December 2023
Blessing Ojembe Lydia Kapiriri, Meridith Griffin and Ann Fudge Schormans


Aging Black and Lonely: A Narrative Experience of Black Older Adults in Canada
Blessing Ojembe, B.Sc., M.Sc. A Dissertation Submitted to the School of Graduate Studies in Partial Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Degree Doctor of Philosophy McMaster University © Copyright by Blessing U. Ojembe, October 2022


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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; Health and Medicine Division; Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences; Board on Health Sciences Policy; Committee on the Health and Medical Dimensions of Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults (2020). Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US), Feb 27. Summary. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK557972/

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