August 20, 2016

First aid courses aim to empower senior citizens

Needy elderly together with youth volunteers at home established by Save the Aged.
Needy elderly together with youth volunteers at home established by Save the Aged.

The Myanmar Red Cross Society will provide basic first aid training to senior citizens nationwide this year, said Daw Khin Khin Shein, Director of MRCS’s First Aid and Safety Department.
“The main aims of the programme are to recognise them as an important resource for society and to encourage older people to become self-empowered,”she said at the celebration of the World First Aid Day, which falls on the second Saturday in September every year.
The effective use of experience of the senior citizens may bring many benefits to the community, she said.
She went on to say the course would help senior citizens care for themselves, their families and neighbours in case of emergency.
“We plan to conduct the course in nine locations where senior citizens can gather easily, but we have not chosen them yet,” said Daw Khin Khin Shein. She added that each course would accept up to 30 participants.
According to the 2014 census, citizens above the age of 65 account for 5.8 per cent of Myanmar’s total population.
At the celebration, MRCS president Dr Tha Hla Shwe said the population of senior citizens is projected to reach 25 per cent of the country’s total population in 2050, according to the figures presented by civic organisations working with the elderly in Myanmar.
According to an international survey taken in 2010, an estimated 524 million people, or 8 percent of the world’s population, are over the age of 65. By 2050, this number is expected to nearly triple to about 1.5 billion people, which will amount to 16 percent of the world’s population.


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