Ageing is a concern for all. Our sensitivity to the issue is only heightened when we reach what we commonly refer to as the “ripe old age.” By then, experiencing, hands-on basis, the rudiments of being and growing old. Perhaps upon reflection, actually glean on the blindness and without the knowledge of parents and grandparents who became senior citizens way before our generation.
Several countries, whether developed or developing, are beginning to view ageing from a very different perspective the current concepts. The potential to live healthier for longer years has raised expectations about people’s lifestyles beyond 60’s and what may be possible. People are questioning and reviewing their attitudes to education, work, their community, personal living arrangement, health and fitness, relationships and spiritual needs.
Rapid population ageing and urbanization will be accompanied by increased needs and demands from mainstreaming older persons in the society, income security, appropriate healthcare, housing and other social services. All these have to be addressed by older persons themselves, their families, their communities, by concerned members of civil society and by local and national government. Measures have to be undertaken by all stakeholders now to cope with the mounting challenges posed by the population ageing phenomenon.
Republic Act 7432 “An Act to Maximize the Contributions of Senior Citizens to Nation Building, Grant Benefits and Privileges and for other Purposes.” Approved April 23, 1992, amended by Republic Act 9257 “The Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2003” approved February 26, 2004, and further amended Republic Act 9994 “An Act granting additional Benefits and Privileges to Senior Citizen, further amending Republic Act 7432, as Amended, Otherwise Known as an ‘Act to Maximize the Contributions of Senior Citizens to Nation Building, Grants Benefits and Special Privilege and for Other Purposes’” approved February 15,