International Day of Older Persons 2020: Do Pandemics Change How We Address Age and Ageing?

Today, 1 October 2020, we celebrate the International Day of Older Persons. The year 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons.

This year has also seen an emergence of COVID-19, that has caused upheaval across the world. Considering the higher risks confronted by older persons during the outbreak of pandemics such as COVID-19, policy and programmatic interventions must be targeted towards raising awareness of their special needs. Recognising older people contributions to their own health and the multiple roles they play in the preparedness and response phases of current and future pandemics is also important.

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YUVA offered Lunch to 150 Residents of Elderly Care Home in Pamplemousses

On Sunday, 27 September 2020, YUVA offered lunch to around 150 residents of the elderly care home, Saint Jean de Dieu – Hospice & Chapel at Pamplemousses.

The event saw the participation of around 20 volunteers too. YUVANs spent half a day with all those senior citizens who live at the home. After an introductory speech by one of the volunteers of YUVA, veg biryani was served along with soft drinks and water. Thereafter, some indoor activities were organised to bring some smiles on the faces of the elders.

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15 June: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day celebrated in Mauritius

The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) happens each year on June 15th. It was officially recognised by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 66/127, December 2011, following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), who first established the commemoration in June 2006. 

This day represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations. 

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Youth Is Not The Future of the Country; Old People Are

We’ve been taught to always focus on the youth, and the future they hold so dearly in their hands. That they are the ones who will correct the injustices, which previous generations have set in motion over decades.

But let’s face it, Mauritius is getting old at a faster rate than ever before with no signs of slowing down any time soon. We’ve been watching for some time now how the older generation is increasing while the young generation is not, or at least at a much slower pace. It’s reported that between 1972 and 2015, the percentage of people over the age of 60 has increased from 5.9% to 14.8% (Le Mauricien, 2017).

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Ageing in Mauritius: Access to Justice

The ageing of the global population is rapidly increasing. According to the WHO, “between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of people aged 60 years and over should rise from 605 million to 2 billion”.

In Mauritius, this situation is not much different from other parts of the globe. In the period 1972-2015, the percentage of people over 60 years increased from 5.9% to 14.8% (Le Mauricien, 2017).

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Ageing in Mauritius: Social Protection and Social Security

The following report deals with a normative input about “Ageing” in Mauritius concerning the sub-items “Social Protection and Social Security” in regards to the Open-ended Working Group “Tenth working session” of the UN (New York, 15–18 April 2019). 

According to the ‘Mauritian population (live) clock’ made by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the current population density on the 20 August 2019 is about 1,294,683 of which there have been about 9,297 new births and 6,012 deaths this year (Official United Nations population estimates: 2019).

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