NGO Launches Elderly Support Initiative in Lagos State

Mary Nnah

The JBS Foundation is launching its Gerontology Centre in Lekki, Lagos on February 7th.

It aims to address the rising demand for specialised healthcare services for the elderly and the less privileged who are unable to afford much-needed healthcare.
This is in response to projections in the UN World Social Report 2023 indicating a global increase in the population aged 65 and above. The report estimates a surge from 761 million in 2021 to 1.6 billion by 2050, reflecting a demographic shift observed in various African nations, including Nigeria.

The facility, equipped with essential services such as inpatient medical care, outpatient clinics, a dedicated physiotherapy and rehabilitation unit, and the region’s first Specialist Dementia Day Activities Unit, is designed to improve health outcomes for the elderly.

To mark this development, the JBS Gerontology Centre will host a Health Lecture on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at 11:00 am. The event will feature speakers in geriatric medicine and wellness, alongside healthcare leaders and dignitaries. Various activities during the occasion will underscore the centre’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life and well-being of older adults.

Scheduled to take place at JBS Gerontology Centre, 7 Chief Augustine Anozie Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, by 11:00 am, the initiative aligns with the growing need for specialised elderly care services, addressing demographic changes and promoting the well-being of older individuals in the region.

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