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Aged Care and Disability - The Double Canker

Being an aged person in Ghana is a disability on its own if you do not have the means to live a comfortable life or afford the necessary care and companionship.

Hence, it becomes very difficult if an aged person also has to deal with a disability be it physical or mental.

In a study by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Ghanaians are growing older and living longer as the population above 60 years is estimated to be 12 per cent by the year 2050.

The Ghana government, even though it approved a national policy on ageing in 2010, putting that policy into practice has proved to be a difficult task.

It has therefore become necessary to put working laws in place so that the older population are taken care of as expected especially those with disabilities.

In Ghana, old age represents wisdom and counsel thus protecting that aspect of the nation is key to our society, culture and heritage.

The aged mostly deal with loneliness, ageism and its accompanying troubles, financial difficulty, lack of access to healthcare, and difficulty in performing everyday tasks which can all be addressed if the National ageing policy is put into practice.

Before the passing of the Persons with Disability Act, 2006 (Act 715), stigmatization of this group was appalling and still is even though the Act715 is considered a noteworthy milestone in Ghana's human rights discourse.

Meanwhile, 12 percent of the aged population in Ghana has one or more disabilities to deal with.

Ghana as a country, therefore, has to ensure that policies and laws are implemented accordingly to make the life of the aged populace a little bit comfortable before their final transition to eternity.

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