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HAPPINESS

The feelings of a million butterflies, laughter that lightens up every mood, and that deep sense of Joy that brings warmth and peace.

Happiness is that state of mind that does not care about the problems and challenges of the moment but lightens the mind and soul.

Happiness they say is one of the keys to a healthy life. It gives sweet sleep, improves creativity and innovation, improves mental health, to regulate and improve blood pressure levels.

If you want to live longer, learn to stay happy always.

This month of March, we will be taking you through a series on HAPPINESS, telling you about how you can maintain a state of happiness for a better and more fulfilled life.

Stay tuned.

ELDER ABUSE II

Some Instances Of Elder Abuse

These instances of elder abuse are true stories from Dagomo staff field work. Mrs. M a renowned Lawyer and Educationist who is a mother and grandmother set out to the Bank one morning not knowing it was her last day on earth. After a long delay at the bank, she was finally attended to but
was trailed and attacked by armed robbers on her way home, She was shot and fatally wounded. After a serious battle for life, she finally gave up.
Till date, the police haven’t solved this brutal murder of a Mother to all, a real “Iyeomo hia”.

Care givers are supposed to be trusted, of good report, passionate and humane. These are criteria needed by a good care giver, as the job is sensitive and largely based on trust.
Baba had been seriously ill for some time and needed care at home, unknown to him his caregiver had serious issues with gambling and pilfering. The matter was reported to the Police, but till date no arrest.

Lastly, the issue of Mrs. K a widow who lost her husband years back. All her Children were based abroad except the last one who lived with her and was known for his deviant behavior. He hijacked all remittances sent to his mother and kept her imprisoned in the house and denied her access to visitors. When Dagomo visited her, she complained about her plight,
we decided to investigate. During the course of investigation, her son way laid a team member and threatened to deal with him and the team.
Because of his reputation, we felt wise to withdraw.

ELDER ABUSE

Elder abuse though a taboo and largely closeted in our society exists.
In our field work in Dagomo, mostly through visitation we’ve seen a number of cases, even intervened in some instances. The common type of abuse is financial or economic. Here, the older person is denied his financial benefits by a third party usually a relation or legal guardian.
House rents due from the elders estate are not remitted as at when due to the owner, Pension and other benefits are highjacked and even the funds in the bank are tampered with. The elder is denied all financial information on his or her account.

FORMS OF ELDER ABUSE

False imprisonment
A lot of elders especially the physically challenged suffer false imprisonment. They are forced to stay indoors against their will and they are denied basic services. They are denied from receiving visitors or going out and this usually resuls in emotional illness and suppressed emotions.

Physical Harm
Many of the elderly are assaulted and battered resulting in injuries or physical harm. They’re then falsely imprisoned or denied medical care which led to the death of many and these crimes are being covered.

Emotional or Psychological Abuse
This is the worse kind of abuse as it results in a damaged emotion and altered mind. The pains and hurts are invisible but deep and lasting.
They continuously abuse the elderly in their care, stave them, and treat them like Rugrats. They are denied outside communication and taken through the darkest path of emotional hell.

Denial of Medical care
This is usually as a result of religion, as a decision might be taken to opt for religious or spiritual healing, instead of consistent medical care.
Usually because of religious fanaticism or even to save cost of paying for medical bills. They are also denied medications, instead non orthodox treatments are being administered without the consent of the elder.

Other forms of abuse include obstructing communications, starvation and negligence. What ever form of abuse it is, it is considered a Sin and a crime against humanity as the elderly are to be taken adequate care of and not abused. They deserve our Live and Care, after all our prayer is to live a long life. Legislation should be put in place to protect the elderly and there should be fight against abuse on the elderly. No matter the issue with elders love conquers all.

AGEING FOR THE ELDERLY

Aging is a gradual, continuous process of natural change that begins in early adulthood. During early middle age, many bodily functions begin to gradually decline. People do not become old or elderly at any specific age. Traditionally, age 65 has been designated as the beginning of old age.

Aging takes place in a cell, an organ, or the total organism with the passage of time. It is a process that goes on over the entire adult life span of any living thing. Gerontology, the study of the aging process, is devoted to the understanding and control of all factors contributing to the finitude of individual life.  

It is not concerned exclusively with debility, which looms so large in human experience, but deals with a much wider range of phenomena. Every species has a life history in which the individual life span has an appropriate relationship to the reproductive life span and to the mechanism of reproduction and the course of development. How these relationships evolved is as germane to gerontology as it is to evolutionary biology. It is also important to distinguish between the purely physicochemical processes of aging and the accidental organismic processes of disease and injury that lead to death.

What are the 5 stages of aging?

Experts generally break down the ageing process into 5 stages:

  • Stage 1: Independence.
  • Stage 2: Interdependence.
  • Stage 3: Dependency.
  • Stage 4: Crisis Management.
  • Stage 5: End of Life.

Stage 1: Independence

During this early stage of the ageing process, the vast majority of older adults will stay in their own home. At this stage, they can still look after all of their needs such as transportation, finances and health care. They may have experienced a minor decline in mental and physical ability, but not enough to have an impact on their life. An older adult is still in good health with a high quality of life at this point.

Older adults in this stage likely won’t need much help in terms of caregiving but it may be a good time to talk to them about what they may need in the future and make necessary changes in preparation.

Stage 2: Interdependence

In stage 2, older adults are likely to start finding everyday tasks more difficult. Physical and mental activity will both decline, and they may start to forget things. During stage 2, they will be able to do many things on their own but not everything, and as such, their quality of life is likely to suffer if they do not have assistance.

A caregiver may be necessary to assist with one or more activities, such as driving, shopping, or paying bills. This can be one of the more difficult stages of ageing, as the older adult may be resisting asking for help, or may not feel comfortable engaging a formal caregiver. Offering regular help with the tasks that you notice they are struggling with is the most valuable course of action at this stage. It’s also important to ensure the older person is staying on top of any medicines that they have to take for conditions they may have. 

Stage 3: Dependency

By stage 3, age-related changes are becoming more noticeable, and an older adult is likely to be experiencing difficulty doing a number of everyday tasks by themselves. Many older adults will be having more difficulty with physical and mental activity, and as such, it may no longer be appropriate for them to drive or travel to places independently.

The quality of life for older adults will be significantly impacted in the ‘Dependency’ stage, and as such, they will start to need more notable caregiving assistance. In some cases, this assistance will come from a professional healthcare provider, and in others, a family caregiver may take on the role. A caregiver may manage the older adult’s medication, monitor their physical condition and prepare meals. It may be necessary to make modifications to the home to ensure the safety of the older adult; for example, an emergency medical alert system may be necessary.

Stages 4 & 5: Crisis Management and End of Life

If a senior reaches the point of crisis management and end of life care, they will typically need to be monitored round the clock, as well as having access to formal health care facilities. At this point, it may be appropriate for the older adult to be in an assisted living facility, nursing home, or hospice.

If you’re currently caring for an older relative, or if you think you will be in the near future, you can find out information on the support available for careers from the Better Health Channel: Looking after yourself as a career. If you want to find out more about the content of this blog, and how our courses or workshops may be able to help you as a career, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE AGEING PROCESS?

WHAT TO EXPECT

You know that aging will likely cause wrinkles and gray hair. But do you know how aging will affect your teeth, heart and sexuality? Find out what changes to expect as you continue aging — and how to promote good health at any age.

Your cardiovascular system

What’s happening

The most common change in the cardiovascular system is stiffening of the blood vessels and arteries, causing your heart to work harder to pump blood through them. The heart muscles change to adjust to the increased workload. Your heart rate at rest will stay about the same, but it won’t increase during activities as much as it used to. These changes increase the risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) and other cardiovascular problems.

What you can do

To promote heart health:

  • Include physical activity in your daily routine. Try walking, swimming or other activities you enjoy. Regular moderate physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your heart disease risk.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, high-fiber foods and lean sources of protein, such as fish. Limit foods high in saturated fat and salt.
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking contributes to the hardening of your arteries and increases your blood pressure and heart rate. If you smoke or use other tobacco products, ask your doctor to help you quit.
  • Manage stress. Stress can take a toll on your heart. Take steps to reduce stress, such as meditation, exercise or talk therapy.
  • Get enough sleep. Quality sleep plays an important role in the healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Aim for seven to nine hours a night.

Your bones, joints and muscles

What’s happening

With age, bones tend to shrink in size and density, weakening them and making them more susceptible to fracture. You might even become a bit shorter. Muscles generally lose strength, endurance and flexibility — factors that can affect your coordination, stability and balance.

What you can do

To promote bone, joint and muscle health:

  • Get adequate amounts of calcium. The National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine recommends at least 1,000 milligrams (mg) of calcium daily for adults. The recommendation increases to 1,200 mg daily for women age 51 and older and men age 71 and older. Dietary sources of calcium include dairy products, broccoli, kale, salmon and tofu. If you find it difficult to get enough calcium from your diet, ask your doctor about calcium supplements.
  • Get adequate amounts of vitamin D. The recommended daily intake of vitamin D is 600 international units for adults up to age 70 and 800 IU for adults over 70. Many people get adequate amounts of vitamin D from sunlight. Other sources include tuna, salmon, eggs, vitamin D-fortified milk and vitamin D supplements.
  • Include physical activity in your daily routine. Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, jogging, tennis, climbing stairs and weight training can help you build strong bones and slow bone loss.
  • Avoid substance abuse. Avoid smoking and limit alcoholic drinks. Ask your doctor about how much alcohol might be safe for your age, sex and general health.

Your digestive system

What’s happening

Age-related structural changes in the large intestine can result in more constipation in older adults. Other contributing factors include a lack of exercise, not drinking enough fluids and a low-fiber diet. Medications, such as diuretics and iron supplements, and certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, also might contribute to constipation.

What you can do

To prevent constipation:

  • Eat a healthy diet. Make sure your diet includes high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Limit high-fat meats, dairy products and sweets, which might cause constipation. Drink plenty of water and other fluids.
  • Include physical activity in your daily routine. Regular physical activity can help prevent constipation.
  • Don’t ignore the urge to have a bowel movement. Holding in a bowel movement for too long can cause constipation.

Your bladder and urinary tract

What’s happening

Your bladder may become less elastic as you age, resulting in the need to urinate more often. Weakening of bladder muscles and pelvic floor muscles may make it difficult for you to empty your bladder completely or cause you to lose bladder control (urinary incontinence). In men, an enlarged or inflamed prostate also can cause difficult emptying the bladder and incontinence.

Other factors that contribute to incontinence include being overweight, nerve damage from diabetes, certain medications, and caffeine or alcohol consumption.

What you can do

To promote bladder and urinary tract health:

  • Go to the toilet regularly. Consider urinating on a regular schedule, such as every hour. Slowly, extend the amount of time between your toilet trips.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. If you’re overweight, lose excess pounds.
  • Don’t smoke. If you smoke or use other tobacco products, ask your doctor to help you quit.
  • Do Kegel exercises. To exercise your pelvic floor muscles (Kegel exercises), squeeze the muscles you would you use to stop passing gas. Try it for three seconds at a time, and then relax for a count of three. Work up to doing the exercise 10 to 15 times in a row, at least three times a day.
  • Avoid bladder irritants. Caffeine, acidic foods, alcohol and carbonated beverages can make incontinence worse.
  • Avoid constipation. Eat more fiber and take other steps to avoid constipation, which can worsen incontinence.

Your memory and thinking skills

What’s happening

Your brain undergoes changes as you age that may have minor effects on your memory or thinking skills. For example, healthy older adults might forget familiar names or words, or they may find it more difficult to multitask.

What you can do

You can promote cognitive health by taking the following steps:

  • Include physical activity in your daily routine. Physical activity increases blood flow to your whole body, including your brain. Studies suggest regular exercise is associated with better brain function and reduces stress and depression — factors that affect memory.
  • Eat a healthy diet. A heart-healthy diet may benefit your brain. Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Choose low-fat protein sources, such as fish, lean meat and skinless poultry. Too much alcohol can lead to confusion and memory loss.
  • Stay mentally active. Staying mentally active may help sustain your memory and thinking skills. You can read, play word games, take up a new hobby, take classes, or learn to play an instrument.
  • Be social. Social interaction helps ward off depression and stress, which can contribute to memory loss. You might volunteer at a local school or nonprofit, spend time with family and friends, or attend social events.
  • Treat cardiovascular disease. Follow your doctor’s recommendations to manage cardiovascular risk factors — high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes — that may increase the risk of cognitive decline.
  • Quit smoking. If you smoke, quitting smoking may help your cognitive health.

If you’re concerned about memory loss or other changes in your thinking skills, talk to your doctor.

Your eyes and ears

What’s happening

With age, you might have difficulty focusing on objects that are close up. You might become more sensitive to glare and have trouble adapting to different levels of light. Aging also can affect your eye’s lens, causing clouded vision (cataracts).

Your hearing also might diminish. You might have difficulty hearing high frequencies or following a conversation in a crowded room.

What you can do

To promote eye and ear health:

  • Schedule regular checkups. Follow your doctor’s advice about glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and other corrective devices.
  • Take precautions. Wear sunglasses or a wide-brimmed hat when you’re outdoors, and use earplugs when you’re around loud machinery or other loud noises.

Your teeth

What’s happening

Your gums might pull back from your teeth. Certain medications, such as those that treat allergies, asthma, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, also can cause dry mouth. As a result, your teeth and gums might become slightly more vulnerable to decay and infection.

What you can do

To promote oral health:

  • Brush and floss. Brush your teeth twice a day, and clean between your teeth — using regular dental floss or an interdental cleaner — once a day.
  • Schedule regular checkups. Visit your dentist or dental hygienist for regular dental checkups.

Your skin

What’s happening

With age, your skin thins and becomes less elastic and more fragile, and fatty tissue just below the skin decreases. You might notice that you bruise more easily. Decreased production of natural oils might make your skin drier. Wrinkles, age spots and small growths called skin tags are more common.

What you can do

To promote healthy skin:

  • Be gentle. Bathe or shower in warm — not hot — water. Use mild soap and moisturizer.
  • Take precautions. When you’re outdoors, use sunscreen and wear protective clothing. Check your skin regularly and report changes to your doctor.
  • Don’t smoke. If you smoke or use other tobacco products, ask your doctor to help you quit. Smoking contributes to skin damage, such as wrinkling.

Your weight

What’s happening

How your body burns calories (metabolism) slows down as you age. If you decrease activities as you age, but continue to eat the same as usual, you’ll gain weight. To maintain a healthy weight, stay active and eat healthy.

What you can do

To maintain a healthy weight:

  • Include physical activity in your daily routine. Regular moderate physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, high-fiber foods and lean sources of protein, such as fish. Limit sugar and foods high in saturated fat.
  • Watch your portion sizes. To cut calories, keep an eye on your portion sizes.

Your sexuality

What’s happening

With age, sexual needs and performance might change. Illness or medication might affect your ability to enjoy sex. For women, vaginal dryness can make sex uncomfortable. For men, impotence might become a concern. It might take longer to get an erection, and erections might not be as firm as they used to be.

What you can do

To promote your sexual health:

  • Share your needs and concerns with your partner. You might find the physical intimacy without intercourse is right for you, or you may experiment with different sexual activities.
  • Get regular exercise. Exercise improves the release of sexual hormones, cardiovascular health, flexibility, mood and self-image — all factors that contribute to good sexual health.
  • Talk to your doctor. Your doctor might offer specific treatment suggestions — such as estrogen cream for vaginal dryness or oral medication for erectile dysfunction in men.

You can’t stop the aging process, but you can make choices that improve your ability to maintain an active life, to do the things you enjoy, and to spend time with loved ones.

FAINTING OR SLUMPING IN THE BATHROOM

🖑 What is the cause?

☝ We always hear of people who have stroke after a fall in the bath.
🖑 Why have we not heard of falling elsewhere?
👊 When I took part in a healthy lifestyle course, a National Sports Council Professor, who also participated in the course, advised that:
👉 the head should not be washed first in the process of taking a bath (even washing of the hair).
👉 other parts of the body should be cleaned first.
🖑 This is because when the head is wet and cold, blood will flow to the head to warm it up.
👉 If the blood vessels have narrowed, it is likely to cause the blood vessels to rupture.
🖑 Since it usually happens in the bathroom, be sure to raise the awareness to avoid this happening again.

CORRECT PROCESS OF BATH TAKING:
👉 Start the wetness from the sole of the foot.
👉 Progress to the Small legs, the thigh, abdomen and then shoulder.
🖑 At this point, pause for 5-10 seconds.
👉 A feeling like steam/wind overflowing from the body may be observed; and then take a shower as usual.

✅ WISDOM:
☝ When a glass is filled with hot water, and then suddenly emptied and filled with cold water; what happens?
👉 The glass will burst💥!!!
🚿 Then, with regards to the human body, what happens?
🖑 Naturally, the body temperature is very hot, whereas the water is very cold,
👉 a cold shower on the body or the head directly would suddenly trap the wind, or deaden it, because the blood vessels got broken.

🖑 Oh, this is why people often suddenly fall over in the bathroom; due to wrong bathing method. And that often causes a stroke or causes a migraine.

ADVICE:
🚿This bathing method is suitable for all ages, especially those with Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Migraine/Headache

By Emmanuel Oribhabor
Public Relations Manager, DAGOMO Foundation

MUST DO AFTER AGE 45

By Pharm. Lawal Muhammed

¶ Regular exercise, this must be graduated and suitable for your health/social status – stop eating hides and skin “kpomo” it’s a slow killer.

¶ Observe regularly siesta, even if you don’t fall asleep, just have a quiet time, put off your phone or put it in silence mode while observing siesta.

¶ Always sleep on the same bed with your spouse even if you do not have intention of intimacy with her. It has a lot of benefits, it reduces stress hormone (cortisol) level.

¶ As much as possible, sleep on your left side when sleeping especially at night, this helps to drain the system of toxic substances through the lymphatic system. For the muslims, you can start with your right hand side to say your prayers before you sleep after which you can change later. I hope you understand?

¶ Do not immediately rise on your feet after you wake up from sleep especially at night, remain on your sleeping position for (20- 30 sec) even if you are pressed, then rise to a sitting position for same time, then you can stand up and walk. This helps to prevent sudden brain damage that could lead to stroke.

¶ Have regular sex, 2-3 times a week is recommended. Making love is more beneficial than having sex. I hope you understand? This has a lot of health benefits ranging from your heart, prostate, brain etc

¶ Avoid cold bath as much as possible it should be warm. This also helps in reducing chances of stroke/heart attack.

¶ Routine drugs to take on daily bases are: Tab vasoprin (Aspirin) 75mg daily if you don’t have ulcer, Strong antioxidants e.g natural vit. E, 1caps daily, in addition to these, ladies are expected to be on regular Calcium supplement or biscuit bones especially after menopause, this helps in minimising osteoporosis as a result of bone leaching that women experience post menopause. A condition that most mistake to be rheumatism.

¶ Know your body mass index (BMI) and work towards maintaining ideal BMI (20 – 25 kg/m square). If not done, this has a lot of health implications ranging from sudden death, metabolic disorder like diabetes; Cardiovascular disorders like hypertension, heart attack, stroke; infertility problems like an ovulation in females; Neuromuscular problems like rheumatism; & Respiratory distress amongst others. You see that there are a whole lots of problems if you don’t keep fit. Obesity is not a sign of good living but ill health.

¶ Drink a lot of water (Luke warm) in a day, 2 to 3 litres of water per day can help in keeping your system adequately hydrated and helps your kidneys function properly.

¶ Cut down your stress level both physical/mental/psychological/emotional and take time out for recreational activities especially those that will make you happy/laugh.

¶ Avoid social poisons like kolanut, cigarettes, energy drinks, alcohol/alcoholic drinks, though some schools of thought say certain % of alcohol per day is good for the heart. Note that bitter kola “O’ro” is highly medicinal and it’s good for our health, particularly for females. It’s a powerful anti oxidant, it helps to prevent all forms of malignancies be it cancer of the breast, cervix, prostate e.t.c, it helps to improve male sexual performance, slows aging process, reduces severity of rheumatism, slows process of dementia/amnesia, helps to prevent diabetes mellitus/ diabetic complications in diabetic individuals, prevent/slow the growth of fibroids and a whole lots. In fact, I would recommend 1 nut of bitter kola per day for everyone age 40 years and above. Note that, it’s not too safe if you have peptic ulcer especially Gastric. It could worsen the symptoms of ulcer.

¶ Avoid caffeinated beverages like Millo, Bournvita etc go for green tea.

¶ Avoid processed foods as much as possible like noodles, pasta, can foods etc.

¶ Avoid sitting on a spot beyond two hours max., stand and walk around after one and half or max two hours of sitting. It’s for the health of your GIT – gastro intestinal tract. More so it avert chances of hemorrhoid (pile).

¶ Avoid sugar including honey, yes HONEY! It will eventually give you that same problem that made you stop sugar, it will only take a longer time.

¶ Regular health check.

¶ Imbibe the culture of preventive medicine and not curative medicine.

I hope this few lines will be of help in improving our quality life?

Thank you for your time 🙏

Remain healthy.

Lecture delivered by:

Pharm Lawal (Doctor of Pharmacy),
A consultant Clinical Pharmacist (cardio/ renal) with West African Postgraduate college of Pharmacists.

FADED GLORY.


As told by madam ABC.

Madam ABC, is a Dagomo Foundation beneficiary. She is different from others. Always quiet and distant from others, seldom talks but when she does intelligent and weighty.
She was highly educated, fluent in some foreign and local lingos. She was full of culture and pedigree, rather colonial.

Today, she told me her story, which began with “Emma, old age is full of pain and weaknesses, I wish God would set me free, take me away.
At seventy Plus, I’m doing overtime”.
Then she began her fascinating story.

Her Youth was full of glamour and attention,she travelled the world as a pioneer hostess for the Nigerian airways.
Her beautiful and composure attracted the high and mighty that could afford air travel then.


She soon became friends with the Military, Monarchs, Expatriates, Businessmen, and show biz personalities.
She was a constant visitor at the seat of power, then in Lagos, invited by the rulers and their clique.


She was present at Chieftaincy installations, Owanbe and Highlife parties, as she hobnobbed with the Ellan and Eclat. She thought her youthfulness was eternal and forgot to get married or have children. She accumulated wealth and fame, but was left empty.


As the years passed, her glamour and glamorous life began to fade.
None of the highly placed men asked her for marriage, neither sired any children with her.
At sixty, she accepted her lonely faith, as even relations she had previously snubbed stayed away. Her health declined, and she got used to loneliness.


Until the day she strayed into DAGOMO, and asked, if we could provide her with Novels by James Hadley Chase.

Emmanuel Oribhabor.

Is Age Just A Number

In our part of the world, age is an important factor in marriage.
It is a generally accepted rule if the man is older than the woman.
This gives credence to the myth that the man is stronger, older, wiser and the breadwinner. It is viewed as an aberration if the woman is older. The myth is that an older woman is dangerous, manipulative and domineering.


It is believed that the man has to shine his eye in choosing a partner.
This is necessary to ensure that he is three to five years the woman’s senior.
It is also generally believed that, a gap is needed as, women age faster than men.


Modern realities, especially in the western world has proved that, age is just a number. The important factor being desire or Love. Older women are taking on younger men as their husbands instead of gigolos.


An example is the marriage of French President Macron to a woman almost three decades his senior. A lady who taught him in high school, whose children are older than him. The Macrons have settled down well despite the age difference an early opposition


In Nigeria, the sociocultural norms, ethics and religion, are still major barriers to older women marrying younger men.
Ageism is a strong factor in determining relationships.

Emmanuel Oribhabor

International Day for Older Persons (IDOP)

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!!