International Day For Elderly: Foundation Marks 1st Anniversary of Day-Care Centre For The Aged

A Nigerian social worker based in Canada, Mrs Nimota Raji-Gambari, has opened a day care centre to cater to the elderly in Akute,  Lagos, South-West Nigeria.

The adult day care centre, Nimota Care Foundation caters to the health and welfare needs of more than 40 elderly persons.

Beneficiaries are mainly those suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure, two main killer illnesses of the elderly.

Speaking at the first anniversary of the establishment of the day care centre in Lagos, Mrs Raji-Gambari, said it provided daily free meals and multivitamins for healthy lifestyles and well-being of beneficiaries.

She said the Foundation also provided free blood pressure monitoring, free blood sugar checks for diabetes; 30 minutes daily exercise for improved wellbeing and interactive games to boost beneficiaries’ memory.

According to her, the day programme, tagged “Move and Mingle’’ enables beneficiaries to move and relate with their peers in a conducive environment.

The social worker said that she established the Foundation to address the abandonment of the elderly which had often led to depression and anxiety.

She noted that although there was provision for the aged in Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution, there was little care for the elderly.

“I feel this is one of the social problems in Nigeria where the elderly are abandoned and not catered for, especially when compared with the way they are catered for in advanced countries.

“We also have to be mindful that these elderly individuals have retired and most of them have no income. The payment of pension to those who still get it is not regular,’’ she stated.

Raji-Gambari said the centre, established on Sept. 1, 2021, has more than 40 aged people in attendance catered for by her employees and relatives.

She expressed the hope of expanding the facility to accommodate more elderly people on her waiting list.

“I want to ensure that the day programme expands because I have a long list of aged people waiting to benefit from the Foundation.

“Our activities have been smooth, but I want to expand and that is why am reaching out to the public.

She said the Foundation was in need of financial and moral support to enable it to accommodate more elderly people.

She also solicited moral and financial assistance from government, from corporate bodies and from individual philanthropists to accommodate and care for more elderly people.

One of the beneficiaries, Elder Akanni Adelulola, expressed profound gratitude to the founder for the benefits and care received.

Elder Adelulola lauded the health care benefits, he further stated “We also get free daily lunch and there is a conducive forum for the elders to rub minds.

Another beneficiary, Mrs Silifat Olubiyi, urged government to be more sensitive to the plight of the elderly, create more homes for the aged and make health care 100 per cent free for them.

In the last one month, there had been reports of some aged people who died in isolation out of neglect.

An infirm sexagenarian reportedly died in her lonely apartment in Bariga, Lagos recently, while the remains of another man was found in his Ibadan home early last month.

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