Perceptions of aging influence societal behaviours and expectations towards Older People as well as older adults’ well-being and coping with the aging process.
THE WELFARE OF OLDER PERSONS IN ZAMBIA
Heart failure in Older Patients
The Zambian ELDERLY Makers, Planners, Politicians, and Service Providers too need to be educated so that they can view the elderly positively. They need to understand the ageing process in this Nation if we are to provide for our Senior Citizen’s needs in Communities, and perceive them as fellow human beings with common feelings and needs as others. Work Job opportunities through sheltered workshops and cottage industries where the elderly can work at their own pace assisting the elderly to adjust themselves to new job situations. Zambia, as we move into industrialisation, should tap the wealth of experience and wisdom accumulated over the decades by the elderly, especially the professionals and top management personnel. This will be of mutual benefit to the elderly and the Nation at large. Health Care Primary prevention should not be directed solely at the elderly but also at all other age groups as well, so that the benefits gained when young will facilitate healthy ageing in later years. Healthy ageing depends on health promotion, and disease and injury prevention. A healthy lifestyle is an important thrust of health promotion. Good health maintenance in early life and later years via a healthy lifestyle, avoidance of smoking and alcohol, prudent diet, and regular exercise can help the social and cultural life of the elderly, including fewer physician visits, and fewer medications taken. Health education and counseling must be provided at all opportunities that ageing is not a disease, and that early treatment can prevent disability. Regular and planned fitness programmes are important not only in primary prevention but also in tertiary prevention during rehabilitation after chronic disease has occurred e.g. stroke, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases.
Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses faced by a number of the Zambian Older Persons, affecting more men and women aged 50 years and above (the adult population).