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Elderly Population Projected To Grow To 170,500 By 2050

The number of older persons from 60 years of age in the country is projected to grow to 170,500 by 2050. The last statistics recorded was 69,300 in 2010. Currently,
23 Aug 2018 10:00
Elderly Population Projected To Grow To 170,500 By 2050
102-year-old Benina Ciriavesi is escorted by Senior Welfare Officer Clerment Dari, Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Josefa Koroivueta, and the minister Mereseini Vuniwaqa assisting during the launch of the National Minimum Standards for Homes on the Care of Older Persons at the Royal British Legion in Domain in August 22, 2018. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

The number of older persons from 60 years of age in the country is projected to grow to 170,500 by 2050.

The last statistics recorded was 69,300 in 2010.

Currently, Fiji’s older population is growing by 3000 people per year.

This annual growth is expected to remain constant through to 2050.

These statistics were recorded in Fiji’s National Minimum Stand­ards for Institutional Homes on the Care of Older Persons booklet that was launched yesterday by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Meresei­ni Vuniwaqa.

The launch was held at the Royal British Legion Hall, Domain Road, Suva.

Mrs Vuniwaqa said the booklet would bring a new level of chal­lenge for the Government and relevant partners to implement, monitor and evaluate its effective­ness.

“The National Minimum Stand­ards acknowledge the unique and complex needs of each individual residing in a care home; as such it stipulates the minimum require­ments for the facility to operate a care home as well as the required knowledge, skills and competen­cies needed by management and staff to ensure care homes deliver individually tailored, comprehen­sive and quality services,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

“All the minimum standards are intended to be immediately appli­cable to all homes seeking regis­tration and a licence as of the date of declaration of these Standards, whilst a number of the Standards are intended to be phased in grad­ually for care homes already oper­ating as of this date.

“Thus, I would strongly encour­age renewed and strengthened partnerships to ensure that we as a team of facilitators can deliver for our older persons in the respec­tive Aged Care Homes in Fiji.”

She assured the Aged Care Ser­vice providers that the Govern­ment’s commitment to older per­sons will ensure that they work closely together to realise their full potential in this regard.

“The reality is that as Fijians we will need to better prepare our­selves, our families and communi­ties to be responsible in ensuring that we age with dignity and re­spect.”

Meanwhile, currently, the Minis­try works in partnership with a to­tal of nine Aged Care facilities in Fiji with a total of 223 residents.

The principles underlining the

Standards include:

  • Dignity
  • Privacy
  • Self –fulfilment
  • Autonomy-empowerment
  • Equality
  • Right to complain and right to legal recourse

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj




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