The percentage of elderly people in Pakistan is expected to double to 12 percent by 2050, increasing the number of senior citizens to 40 million. This demographic transition impacts citizens of all ages. Therefore, it is important that senior citizens take the necessary steps to ensure they have a good quality of life financially, even after retirement.
“During difficult times, a man is prepared to do anything.” – Sirajuddin
The nature of life for the elderly has changed considerably in recent history. With advancements in science and healthcare, human lifespan has substantially increased and the majority of people in the world can expect to live past the age of 60. Jamati institutions in Pakistan have embarked on numerous initiatives to support the elderly and create opportunities for interaction between different generations.
The Aga Khan Social Welfare Board (AKSWB) for Central Region and the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board (AKYSB), in collaboration with Special Olympics Pakistan (SOP), organised an “Elderly and Differently-abled Olympics 2019” over the course of two days at the Punjab National Stadium in Lahore. The event aimed to provide a platform for elderly and differently-abled individuals to participate in sports, recreation, leisure and social activities. This event created an inclusive environment as well as the awareness of the importance of sports for a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, it helped enhance participant’s skills for inclusion in mainstream activities at multiple levels.
“I have a firm belief that my business will grow. I want to earn enough so I can support the educational aspirations of the less-privileged children from my village.” - Azeem Khan
Inclusivity is an imperative ethic for the growth of any community. The only true disability which exists in society is the inability to accept and acknowledge each other’s differences. The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board (AKYSB) in Pakistan, in collaboration with the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBBC) and the Aga Khan Social Welfare Board, arranged a Blind Cricket and Bowling Tournament for differently-abled Jamati members from Gilgit, Hunza, Ishkoman Puniyal, Gupis Yasin, Upper Chitral, and Central Regions.