Jordan’s elderly population to rise – HelpAge Int’l

Jordan’s elderly population to rise – HelpAge Int’l
A nursing home for the elderly located southeast of Amman. (Photo: Twitter)
AMMANJordan's elderly population aged 60 and above is projected to witness a substantial rise in the coming years, with estimates indicating an increase of 8.6 percent by the end of 2030 and 15.8 percent by the end of 2050, according to HelpAge International.اضافة اعلان

In an event organized to enhance the quality of care provided to senior citizens, Secretary-General of the National Council for Family Affairs, Dr. Mohammad Miqdadi revealed that Jordan's elderly population accounted for 5.5 percent of the total population by the end of 2020, emphasizing the need for comprehensive measures to address the evolving needs of this demographic, Ammon News reported.

Efforts to tackle challenges with an aging population
While efforts have already been initiated to tackle the challenges associated with an aging population, NCFA has been collaborating with the National Committee for the Elderly to develop and continuously enhance a national strategy for elderly care.

Established in 2015, the Council, in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development and UN offices in the Kingdom, established quality standards and regulatory frameworks for care institutions, including those catering to the elderly. This initiative aims to improve services for beneficiaries, standardize care practices, and strengthen monitoring and inspection mechanisms nationwide.

Empowering an aging population for self-reliance
Meanwhile, Minister of Social Development, Wafa Bani Mustafa emphasized the ministry's commitment to providing high-quality services for the elderly and its determination to empower beneficiaries for self-reliance. She stressed the importance of establishing a culture of compassionate care, offering recreational activities, and providing genuine support to enhance the elderly's quality of life. The ministry also provides services for elderly individuals who are unable to reside in care institutions, with one-third of them being financially supported by the ministry.

However, Mustafa further underscored the need for legislative measures to secure sustainable funding sources for elderly care programs, especially with the increase of the aging population.

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