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date: 16 February 2019

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In African studies there is a large body of literature that addresses cultural practices, but not from an aging perspective, even though the proportion of African elderly relative to other groups is increasing and African elderly are living longer. There is also a substantial body of literature that deals with aging, but this is largely from linguistic and psychological perspectives. The linguistic perspectives are largely based on Indo-European languages, and Euro-American contexts. The main objective of this chapter is to rectify the two issues, by viewing African cultural practices from an aging perspective and drawing on African languages by analyzing the following issues: aging in institutional contexts, aging and gender, care in institutional settings, and elderspeak in relation to urban vernaculars.

Keywords: aging, linguistic, African cultural practices, elderly, African languages

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