Director of the Centre for Ageing Studies at the University of Ghana, Professor Charles Mate-Kole has called for the establishment of social centres to cater for the elderly in society.
According to him the establishment of such social platforms will ultimately attract people to support the initiative of addressing issues pertaining to the old.
Speaking at an event held by the Centre of Ageing Studies in commemoration with the International Day for Older Persons, Prof. Mate-Kole stated that the main aim of such social engagements will bridge the gap between the older generation and the youth.
“We want to have social centers for the aged all around the country. With that, anyone can come in with support in terms of health provisions and so on.” He said
We need more activities, conferences, colloquiums, workshops and more to further push this initiative. Our goal is mainly for the Ghanaian to understand the elderly.” He added
In an exclusive interview with Univers News after the event, Prof. Charles Mate-Kole mentioned that there were a lot more benefits people get as a result of association with the old and thus called for on the younger generation to get closer to the aged.
“…wisdom, protection, guidance and many other things you will get when you associate yourself with elderly. It’s quite difficult getting people to understand this but we will get there. “ he noted
Prof. Mate-Kole further called for more education on issues relating to the aged.
“Ageing starts from somewhere and it is wrong to look down upon them. We need to educate people to change their mentality about ageing.”
Story by: Phebe Tibu/universnewsroom.com