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How Kenya can ensure adequate health care for its older people

A sick granny walks to a medical facility in Shimba Hills, Kwale county, December 9, 2016. /ELKANA JACOB


Growing old is a life course that attracts different cultural attitudes across the world. In Kenya, an emerging area of health has set the pace for discussions on how to care for an ageing population. Health + Medicine editor Joy Wanja Muraya spoke to Lucy Maina about the challenges of geriatric care in Kenya.

Sub-Saharan Africa is facing an expanding ageing population. This is an unprecedented challenge. Should we be worried?

The expanding ageing population is a double-edged sword. It’s a cause for celebration as well as a reason for worry.

People are living longer globally. This is true in sub-Saharan Africa too. Longer lifespans have been attributed to improved medical care, improved diet and nutrition, as well as general wellbeing.

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