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. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.orgUfa International Conference and Exhibition on Ageing17-20th Sept 2012
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%)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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