The challenges and needs of older people as HIV and AIDS caregivers in South Africa

H. Boon

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In the past decades, older people have become important caregivers for adult children who are sick due to HIV or AIDS, and for grandchildren that stayed alone after the death or disease of one or both parents. This dissertation gives insight in the burden of care that the older people experience and in the psycho-social and socio-economic factors that influence this. The dissertation also describes the development and evaluation of an intervention programme focused on the support of older people with their tasks as caregivers. The results show that after the workshops older people regard themselves more capable of providing care than they did before. Furthermore, cooperation with relevant stake holders in society is necessary for the improvement of structural needs of older caregivers, such as financial assistance and access to social security.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • van den Borne, Hubertus, Supervisor
  • Reddy, S.P., Supervisor, External person
  • Ruiter, Rob, Co-Supervisor
Award date6 May 2010
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Print ISBNs978907867581 5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • older people
  • South Africa
  • care giving

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