Local aged care agency to increase number of service receivers up to 500

Warmly hands organization, which offers door-to-door care to the aged, plans to expand its services for about 500 elderly poor from three townships this year to reduce the elderly-care gap in the country, according to the agency.
Currently, nearly 70 older persons from 500 households in Hsa ward, North Okkalapa Township, one of Yangon’s suburban townships, are under care of the organization, U Thein Swe, secretary of the organization, told the Global New Light of Myanmar.
The local nonprofit organization is also scheduled to provide its free aged services to the elderly in Ward-8 in Thakayta Township next month where there are about 150 persons older than 70.
“A lesser number of local volunteers is one of our challenges to perform a community-based voluntary activity,” U Thein Swe said.
A writer, who actively participates in the country’s social development programmes, said: “Offering care to the aged shows our humanity and the country needs more youths with philanthropic spirits for social work and care for the aged.”
According to a survey, 9 per cent of the country’s population is more than 60 years old, of whom 10 per cent are in need of care.
A local care provider said the number of neglected older persons is rising in the country year by year. The increased number of abandoned aged is based on a decline in moral standards of the people and daily survival for livelihoods of most of the families.
The world faces demographic changes. It is expected that the number of the aged would surpass the working age group in the future. This is due to a decline in marriage and a decrease in the birthrate.–GNLM

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