It’s another August 21st and we are celebrating World Senior Citizen’s Day.
Also known as National Senior Citizen’s Day in some countries, the day is observed to commemorate the contributions of elderly people in human society and honour them. The day is also celebrated to bring attention to various issues and challenges that affect the elderly, such as health issues, loneliness, neglect and abuse. World Senior Citizen’s Day dates back to August 19 1988, when the then president of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan, first announced it. In a proclamation named proclamation 5847, Reagan put forth the achievements and importance of older people in families, communities and the nation, and how improved healthcare facilities had helped the elderly to lead with their experience. Today, the day is celebrated all over the world. In Africa, Reverence for our elders is a core value across African societies and so this day is a reminder to appreciate the grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles who have guided, inspired and made sacrifices for their families and communities.
Celebrated this year under the theme, “Digital equity for all citizens”, the day is expected to create awareness of the technological connection between younger and old age, to emphasize equal digital opportunities for the marginalized older people, because many seniors are missing out on access to health care and social engagement facilitated by technology. In Cameroon, despite the fact that the ageing population represents 11% of the total population, seniors continue to be a vulnerable group. Their interests, concerns and preferences are overlooked or sometimes assumed.
Africa’s elderly population is expected to triple from 54 million today to 163 million by 2050 (as noted by the World Health Organisation). With this growing population, it is of utmost importance to have an efficient system to address the well-being of the elderly in society.
One amazing way to celebrate the seniors in our lives is by providing them with the most personal and round-the-clock care, tailored to meet every individual’s needs.
Klarah is happy to partake in attending to the needs of the elderly ones of our society. With our state-of-the-art medical technology, coupled with experienced and trained nurses, the elderly people under our care may just have been introduced to a great digital life while receiving unrivalled care at home.
So today, we celebrate all seniors, we are delighted to have you here and will always value your presence. We also celebrate all stakeholders involved in senior care, from doctors, families, nurses, caregivers, home health aides, and all the admin/staff who have made a difference!
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