The theme for this year’s International Day for Older Persons (IDOP) focuses on age and ageing in the face of pandemics.
“Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing?”
As the world contends with the current pandemic, the adverse effects are seen in the increasingly harsh conditions older persons have to grapple with. This ranges from challenges in coping with functional, physical and psychosocial health status of the aging process, changes in family dynamics, increased medical needs, increased economic hardship, decreased functional independence, and more startling the fact that older people are classified as “vulnerable” with respect to COVID19 and face high risk of dying from it, due to physiological changes that come with ageing and potential underlying health conditions.
With the foregoing, the answer this year’s theme seeks to address is NO, Pandemics do not change how we address age or ageing. Rather it should increase our individual and collective effort towards the care and concern of older persons
It is a call to question what our values are and how important it is in the care of older persons. DAGOMO recommends its first two core values of Love and Service to humanity as prescriptions to address the IDOP theme 2020.
Interestingly Nigeria our dear nation turns 60 today, the age largely accepted as the age of the older person.
There is no better time than now for our nation to take deliberate steps towards caring for her older citizens by ensuring elder care policies and legislation are enacted that holistically address the aged and the ageing populace. However, beyond policies and legislation, the people who drive and implement policies must do so from a value driven point of view. Policies do not drive themselves, people do, and people driven by the right values will implement policies rightly. Everyone must adopt the right value of love and service to humanity that way whether pandemics or not, it will not change how we address age or ageing.
Values determine our attitude, and our attitude determines our actions.
While we at DAGOMO continue to act as a catalyst for positive change by being the bridge that links the elderly with opportunities for a better life, we encourage everyone to join this movement for the elderly and nation building.
Happy 60th Independence Day to Nigeria! Happy International Day of Older Persons!!