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Jordan celebrates International Day of Older Persons

Jordan celebrates International Day of Older Persons
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AMMAN — On Saturday, the Kingdom celebrated the International Day of Older Persons, which falls on October 1 each year.اضافة اعلان

 “We celebrate this day in honor of a precious category to our hearts, who gave us many years of their lives to build their societies, and spent relentless efforts to achieve development at all social, economic, political and cultural levels,” Ministry of Social Development spokesperson Ashraf Al-Khreis told Jordan News.

Khreis said: “The ministry, being the official authority concerned with the affairs of the elderly, has devoted all its energy to ensure the provision of the best services to this category by formulating policies, setting national strategies, and working on programs and executive plans to ensure a decent life for them.”

He said the ministry also recognizes and appreciates the efforts of senior citizens in “building families, and uplifting their country”.

Khreis explained that the ministry has been “amending its regulations to deal with the elderly, within a strategic direction to meet their future aspirations, based on an approach that stipulates providing family care for the elderly and providing all health, social, and psychological needs, and services and medical aid for them”.

This vision emerged from the elderly care regulation 97 for the year 2021, which aims at dedicating the future aspirations of the ministry in dealing with the elderly, according to Khreis.

“The ministry supervises nine eldercare homes, including five homes for the voluntary sector and four for the private sector, through which institutional care is provided for the beneficiaries, such as housing, health, psychological, and social services to enhance their sense of self-worth,” said Khreis.

He noted that “there are around 397 beneficiaries within the eldercare homes, 204 of whom are women and 193 are men, while the ministry endures the cost of serving 154 elderly people within service purchase agreements.”

Maher Al-Hussaini, owner of Dar Al-Amal for the Care of Seniors, told Jordan News that his center “hosts 21 seniors, providing various services, including care, accommodation, dancing, organized youth initiatives, and hair dressing”.

Head of Irbid Association for the Elderly Hosting Huoseen Lafi told Jordan News that his group is a charity and volunteering body which was established in 2006, and provides services for the elderly, including a day club entailing youth initiatives, and entertainment trips among other activities.

“The association only serves the seniors in Irbid, and provides psychological and economic support for its beneficiaries,” he explained.

One of the association’s beneficiaries, Amal Al-Batayneh, praised the syndicate. “It provides excellent services and activities for us, but it needs support and funding to help a larger segment of Irbid seniors,” she told Jordan News.

She said that she benefitted from “the health services and medical check-ups that the association provides, and enjoyed the lectures given by university professors”.

Commenting on the International Day of Older Persons, Batayneh had one suggestion: “Everyone should look at the elderly with love, compassion, mercy, and to help them with all their needs.”

The UN Principles for Older Persons include independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment, and dignity. It stipulates that “older persons should be able to live in dignity and security, and be free of exploitation and physical or mental abuse.”

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