Samuel Paul Kinikanwo-Chimenim


Ageing is a phase of life. The people’s perception of ageing and the aged directly influences their psychological well-being. Research as shown that positive beliefs about aging lead to feeling younger and negative attitude make people feel regretful. The aged people have their roles they play in every society as mentioned above. These roles are relevant in the development of society if they live longer, and carry –out these duties and if the family, community, religious organizations and the government at the local, state and Federal leaders have a positive perception. A platform should be created by chiefs together with opinion leaders, private organizations and the government to sensitize people over unfair discrimination and poor attitudes towards the aged. Government should organize awareness programmes from time to time in order to sensitize the people on the need to shun abuse, neglect and discrimination against the aged people.

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