Temitope Farombi MD, FMCP (Neurology), is a graduate of University of Ibadan. She trained in internal medicine at the University College Hospital (UCH) and Neurology at UCH Ibadan Nigeria.
She obtained masters degree in Clinical Neuroscience at King’s College London. Temitope is a consultant Neurologist at the Chief Tony Anenih Geriatric center University college hospital, the first geriatric center in West Africa sub-region.
Temitope practice specializes in the critical care neurology of the elderly, movement disorders, Dementia and headaches.
Temitope was a visiting scholar to the Northwestern University Chicago, USA and Haceteppe University, Ankara Turkey. She is an international keynote speaker on many issues of chronic neurological diseases in the elderly. She is a member many learned societies including Movement disorder society, Nigerian Society of Neurological Sciences. Regular presenter at conferences and has published articles in scientific journals.
She is on the board of Medical and Scientific Panel Alzheimer’s Disease International and Founder of Brain Health Initiative of Nigeria (BHIN).
Her hobbies are golfing, traveling and meeting people.
Empower to enrich the elderly program for vulnerable older adults in Nigeria
Temitope Farombi, Brain Health Initiative Nigeria, Nigeria
The process of ageing involves a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors. The rising proportion of older adults and increase in life expectancy, has increased interest in maintaining and promoting cognitive health in later life. Older people want to contribute to society and to feel needed for the skills and knowledge they have gained over a lifetime of experience.
Participation in cognitively stimulating activities has been considered to maintain or strengthen cognitive skills, thereby reducing age-related cognitive decline. An important aspect of healthy ageing is the promotion of good mental health and well-being in later life, staying active and having a sense of purpose are just as important for the mental health and well-being of older people as they are for younger people.
Thus, the aim of empowering older adults in our community, to improve their self -efficacy, self-esteem and cognitive skills by engaging them in meaningful activities such as trading, vocational activities which has a beneficial impact on their health & total well- being.
Twenty older adults in the community were empowered in their different vocation of choice. These older adults have evidences of been financially independent, a decent standard of living, a degree of comfort and having a sense of belonging in the community.
In conclusion, empowerment-based programs should be provided for older people in the society for them to take advantage of the opportunities to feel safe, supported and optimistic about life and its possibilities.