SUNDAY EDEM OFFONG
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria
Aging in Africa and Nigeria in particular presents significant health challenge. Older people living in rural communities of Nigeria lack income to either sustain a healthy life style or access health care services. This situation has left a growing number of older men with chronic health conditions at 65years and above in penury. The absence of deliberate polices and health care services in the part of government, the breakdown of familial support and remittances as to maintain a healthy life style compelled the paper to investigate the health status, care and coping strategies of this segment of the population in rural communities of Akwa Ibom state. The paper formulated 3 objectives, 3 research questions to guide the investigation, However, 6 20 respondents of 65 years and above were purposively selected from rural villages. The findings revealed that chronic diseases among others were common ailments. The paper recommends awareness creation, formulation of age related care policies and services for healthy living of the elderly persons in rural Akwa Ibom.