Many older persons still struggle with ailments, orphans and lack of basic resources with minimal help from the government.
It is high time we pay attention to how we take care of the elderly among us. As the saying goes: “The test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members”– pearl S. Buck.
Although the national housing and population census 2014 indicated that there is a slight reduction in the number of older persons nationally, generally the numbers have been increasing over the past years, both here and globally. Statistics indicate that we now live longer than in the past, which is good news. The bad news however is, that we are not necessarily living better!
In Uganda, only 7.1% of elderly people have access to social security like pension. There is substantial evidence that the quality of life of the older persons has not improved over time especially those living in the villages. Many older persons still struggle with ailments, orphans and lack of basic resources with minimal help from the government.
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