Accra, Sept 30, GNA – HelpAge Ghana says more robust and coordinated actions are required to improve the quality of life of the aged, given the fact that there are still challenges facing older persons.
In a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency on Sunday, the organisation noted however that some laudable and positive national interventions had been made to help address the challenges.
Help Age Ghana, a member of Help Age International, also demanded the implementation of the National Ageing Policy without further delay.
The statement signed by Mr. Ebenezer Adjetey–Sorsey, Executive Director, HelpAge Ghana, said in commemoration of this year’s United Nations Day for Older Persons, which falls on October 1st every year.
The day is set aside by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for older persons by Resolution 45/106 after a UN declaration in 1990 in recognition and appreciation of the contributions they made to their societies.
It is also celebrated to draw attention to the state of the wellbeing of older persons while creating an opportunity for all particularly “governments to reflect on their performances towards improvement of the quality of life of older persons”.
“It is also an opportunity for individuals to re-examine their own preparations towards old age and the fulfillment of their responsibilities towards older persons in their families and the society especially in the area of needed love and care for them”.
The theme for the commemoration of the day this year is “Age Demands Action”.
Help Age Ghana said the theme was “very relevant to the situation of ageing in Ghana because we seem to be moving at snail-pace in taking advantage of the opportunities presented to us by our ageing population and also addressing the challenges faced by older persons”.
“This is in spite of the provisions made in the 1992 Republican Constitution of Ghana, especially in Articles 37(2) (b) and 37(6)(b) which make specific demands on the state to protect and promote the rights of older persons as well to provide them with social assistance to enable them maintain a decent standard of living”.
The statement said the “world is ageing very rapidly and any further delays by Ghana to put in place the necessary structures to address her ageing challenges can result in undesirable consequences in the near future”.
It further noted that Sub-Saharan Africa including Ghana was experiencing the most rapid increase in her aged population but had a relatively shorter time to respond to this demographic trend, compared to what transpired in the developed world.
“Population and Housing Census reports of Ghana over the years show clear indications of an ageing population, even though presently youthful in nature – increasing ratio of the elderly to children; increasing median age and life expectancy”, the statement said.