– 27 January 2017: A talk on healthy ageing targeting the elderly, an initiative of the Social Welfare Division of the Ministry of Social Security, Reform Institutions and Environment and Sustainable Development , was held yesterday at Tréfles Community Centre, Rose Hill.
Present on the occasion, the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo, told participants from 25 social associations that ageing is not a burden, and does not necessarily decrease a person's ability to contribute to society as older people can make valuable and important contributions to society and enjoy a high quality of life.
Speaking about the ageing of the population, the Minister stated that presently 16% of the population is above 60 years, and that by 2050, 30% of the population will fall in this category. She underlined that this fact has wide-ranging implications for virtually every facet of Mauritian society. In this context, the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions has worked on the National Strategic Paper and Action Plan 2016-2020 aiming at translating Government’s strategic vision to provide more protection and security to the elderly, she added.
Mrs Jeewa-Daureeawoo urged those present to take care of their health by eating wisely and doing some exercise. Given the demographic change, the need for caregiving for older adults by formal, professional caregivers or by family members as well as the need for long-term care services and supports, will increase sharply during the decades to come, given the effects of chronic diseases on an aging population, she underscored.
Government, said the Minister, is doing its maximum to address existing problems in the elderly sector and deliver higher quality services for senior citizens. She also spoke about the valorisation of the role of the elderly from a passive recipient of services to that of an active contributor to the economic value creation.
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