‘The aged need right attention and care’

Robert Anane/Priscila Amoako, GNA

Accra, Oct. 19, GNA – The Elderly need to be
taken care of to be in good health, both mentally and physically, Mr Mawutor
Ablo, a Director at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, has

“Many of the elderly have people taking care
of them, but these people do not necessarily have the right expertise for the
job,” said Mr Ablo, the  Director of
Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry.

Speaking at the launch of a book titled:
“Elderly Care Teachers Manual,” Mr Ablo said when the core needs of the elderly
such as nutritional and psychological needs were well served, it contributes
towards their over-all well-being, making them healthier and prolongs their

He noted, for example, that the lack of
understanding of dementia, a condition common with elderly people, often led to
some aged being accused of witch-craft, which was quite unfortunate.

Mr Ablo said the Book, an initiative of the
Health Services Workers Union and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Ghana, was of
uttermost significance to the improvement of healthcare delivery in the

He said the Ministry was collaborating with a
number of stakeholders on how to have a day care centre in every district,
where the elderly would go to socialise and have fun.

These centres would even be of use to the
entire public because they would have a concentration of experts in various
fields to give advice and share experiences, he said.

Mr Ablo said it was not enough to focus only
on people in active service but those on retirement must be taken care of
because “old age and retirement await everyone”.

“We can, for example educate workers on
healthy living that will prevent degenerative diseases when they are old and

Mr Joshua Ansah, the Deputy Secretary General
of the TUC, who launched the Book, said it would be a shame if a country of
about 30 million people could not take proper care of her aged, who were just
about one million.

He noted that people in active service did not
understand the difficulties of being old and on retirement, adding; “until you
get there, when you do not have certain benefits anymore, that is typically
when all kinds of ailments begin to crop up”.

Mr Ansah said it was very important for
government and all stakeholders to realise that everyone would grow old “and
once you are old, you need more care than when you are young”.

The 161 page Book, with 13 chapters, serves as
a manual for people, especially health workers, who take care of the aged, to
help them to    understand their work.

It treats topics such as; Care for the Elderly
with Dementia; The Right Way of Communicating with the Elderly; Personal
Hygiene as well as Physical Exercises for the Elderly.


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