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  • 1. ACTIVE AGEING FOR THE AGEING POPULATION OF UGANDA.RICHARD SEMANDAGERIATRIC RESPITE CARE FOUNDATION- DEPTP.O.BOX 2882 KAMPALATEL. +256 772 404 520, +256 772 522 138E-mail. agedtafu@yahoo.com, geriatricrespitefug@mail.comUfa International Conference and Exhibition on Ageing17-20th Sept 2012
  • 2. Uganda Covers a total area of 244,400 sq Km. 93,981 square miles.  Ugandas population is 34.5 Millions  With total Population of 1,101,039 of older persons as per 2002 Census. (4.6%)
  • 3. A true picture of a Ugandan household.HAU
  • 4. Basic facts of Uganda and Geriatrics Older people suffer from a wide range of health problems. Many of these problems can be prevented, treated or rehabilitated There is hardly any information about geriatric medical care which would promote active and health care ageing of older persons. This makes it very difficult to plan preventative, treatment and rehabilitation services.
  • 5. Study African Palliative Care Association (APCA) and Age care organizations of Uganda carried out a study on the well being of older persons and how appropriate older persons can be inspired to be more active Findings indicated that a lot remain undone to motivate older persons to be physically active.
  • 6. Finding 40% older persons are supported by their families 37% live in isolation and their families live far away from them. Government policy promotes older persons to remain at home for community care services. Active ageing in Uganda is mainly for older persons with money because they can afford to pay for wellness/ gymnastic centers.
  • 7. GRCF- Initiatives GRCF was set up with and an aim of addressing some of the older persons’ health issues i.e - - sensitize the older persons on the importance of active ageing - Meet once in a fortnight at the centre to socialize, learn management of IGA play games and encourage them to participate in MDD.
  • 8. Community sensitization
  • 9. MDD Activity It reduces loneliness and isolation Promotes active ageing
  • 10. Some of the IGA activities
  • 11. Physical Activity
  • 12. Activities of older persons cont.
  • 13. Activities of the older persons
  • 14. GAPS There is a knowledge gap about active ageing. Nutritional values are not properly utilized No geriatric experts and services in Uganda Policy not yet implemented. Older persons’ services are limited
  • 15. Recommendations Older persons must be supported to live actively until the end. Older persons are Encyclopedia in Africa, so they should be valued. Volunteer experts in care of older persons Should be utilized to support the development of older persons’ programs
  • 16. Acknowledgement To International Council on Active Ageing for their monthly journals on Active Ageing Organization of Retired Persons "Wisdom Ripening“ Charity Foundation “Ladoga” and The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of the Republic of Bashkortostan for having invited me to this important conference
  • 17. “Let old live and die with dignity”