Social Workers’ Involvement in Developing and Implementing Social Programs for Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria: A Concept Paper and Suggestions for Action Plans

Anthony Obinna Iwuagwu, Daniel W.L. Lai, Christopher Ndubuisi Ngwu*, Micheal Ebe Kalu

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Social workers, especially in the Global North/developed countries such as the United States of America, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, have been actively involved in implementing social programs to improve the psychosocial, health, and wellbeing of older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this is not the case in the Global South/developing countries like Nigeria, Ghana, etc. This concept paper aims to describe the current state of Nigerian social workers’ role in developing and implementing social programs for older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic and to identify action plans for further strengthening their involvement. We systematically reviewed the literature to identify Nigerian social workers’ role in developing and implementing social programs for older adults during COVID-19. Our review reflected that social workers are rarely involved in developing and implementing social programs; when involved, their involvement is on a consultation basis, which limits their active involvement in multidisciplinary team of COVID-19 prevention and vaccination ad hoc committees in Nigeria.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Oct 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

User-Defined Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Nigeria
  • older adults
  • social programs
  • social workers

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