Addressing Geriatric Malnutrition: Can Social Protection Work?

Authors : Eileen Abigael, Judith Waswa, Sheila Siambe, Paul Awino

Volume/Issue : Volume 4 - 2019, Issue 9 - September

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Social protection refers to policies and actions including legislative measures, whose primary goal is to boost the aptitude and chances for the underprivileged and the weak to recover and tolerate their lives, livelihood and well-being, that is, to guarantee interaction with inexpensive healthcare, social safety and social support. The ageing process is complex, multifactorial and multifaceted. Many terms have been used in describing ageing: healthy, successful, natural, pathological aging. This has led to confusion and lack of agreement on determinants and outcome measures have made study comparisons and interpretations difficult. Why the interest in Ageing? Population ageing is a global marvel. Nations in the world are experiencing progression in the figure and percentage of elderly people of 60 years and above in their population. Social protection in addition to malnutrition issues have both risen fast up among the development agenda over the past few years. The current and recurring global diet, fuel, and economic predicaments have pushed many national, regional and international bodies progressively to ponder the practice of social security to ensure improved nutrition status among the geriatrics.

Keywords : Social protection, Ageing, Geriatrics, Policies, Nutrition.


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