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VIEW FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL


CARING FOR AN AGEING POPULATION


In both developing and developed Commonwealth societies, policy pressures are mounting on how to handle the ageing population. The policy issues revolve around economic, social and health welfare for the elderly. In handling the welfare of the elderly, there currently exists a contrast between industrialized and highly urbanized societies on the one hand and emerging and traditional societies on the other. In the traditional societies of Africa and Asia, there continues to be the extended family, which tends to enable old people to stay under the care of the larger family. In industrialized societies, however, the practice of caring for the elderly has been structured on the basis of placing the elderly in residential homes. There are now media reports which show that thousands of elderly people in Europe suffer from loneliness as well as inadequate physical and healthcare in residential homes. The challenge is: What are the available


policy options to help protect and promote the welfare of the elderly in the emerging as well as industrialized economies of the Commonwealth?


Dr William F. Shija Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association


This year, delegates at the 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in South Africa discussed, among other issues, the plight of senior citizens in Commonwealth countries. They examined how to improve and support policy directives and decision-making for the ageing population. They noted that, although countries were not equally resourced, it was important that policy makers and legislators should ensure programmes were developed to improve the quality of life and dignity for all senior citizens. In this view, I wish to support the position expressed by Parliamentarians in South Africa, based on the contemporary trends in both emerging and advanced economies of the Commonwealth. As mentioned earlier, the general practice in industrialized countries of the Commonwealth for handling


The Secretary-General’s


The CPA Secretary- General (left) pictured with the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Hon. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.


170 | The Parliamentarian | 2013: Issue Three


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