Senior Citizens Centre reveals plans to address issues affecting older persons

In commemoration of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) held annually on June, the National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC) has revealed plans to address the challenges of welfare, healthcare, injustice, abuse  and discrimination against elderly people in different states across the country.
Addressing journalists Tuesday in Abuja, the Director-General of NSCC, Dr  Emem Omokaro, said that the centre will partner with Legal Aid Council to ensure that their rights are protected and defended.

She explained that the centre would adopt an optimistic perspective on ageing and on existing social, health and economic systems and structures or forge new ones to enhance the capacities, engagement and well-being of all older people. 
She emphasised that programmes would be developed in conjunction with older people and stakeholder constituents to eliminate age-based discrimination and exclusion in later life, reduce key vulnerabilities and inequalities, especially in rural areas, adding that the Centre will use all Primary Healthcare Centres to enhance the health-being of senior citizens across the country.

She said, “It is no longer news that the elderly in the country are facing challenges, which include lack of welfare, justice, healthcare, discrimination, abuse and false accusations. The NSCC its envisioned organogram will be razor focused on delivering the mandate of addressing the challenges faced by older persons in the country.
“We will concentrate on citizens’ orientation, advocacy and ageing integration, health and social care, special needs population, quality care regulation, social programs and support services. Others are continuing engagement bureau and inter-generational programs, rural community engagement and livelihood development.
“We shall also set up a help line for all the Senior Citizens and also partner with Legal Aid Council to ensure that their rights are protected and defended. We will partner with the National bureau of Statistic for survey to have accurate data and multidimensional approach to ensure we deliver on our mandate. We will develop a five year implementation plan.”