It is imperative that for any long term change to take place for elders to live a better quality of life, the process will have to begin at the policy level. Implementation can only take place if the foundation is strong, in this case the backbone of which is Policy intervention. The National Policy on Older Persons (NPOP) seeks to assure older persons that their concerns are national concerns and they will not live unprotected, ignored and marginalized. The National Policy aims to strengthen their legitimate place in society and help older people to live the concluding phase of their life with purpose, dignity and peace.

National Policy on Older Persons (NPOP 1999):

Key Policy recommendations:

  • Mainstreaming senior citizens, especially older women, and bringing their concerns into the national development debate with a priority to implement mechanisms already set by the government and supported by civil society and Senior Citizens Associations.
  • Supporting the promotion and establishment of Senior Citizens Associations, especially among women.

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Elder Policy