Youth Education for sensitivities of Seniors

LAHORE: Ageism i.e. discrimination on the basis of age is as bad as racism and sexism. We must educate our youth to understand the sensitivities of interacting with seniors and how seniors are represented in the media to have a wider impact on public attitudes.

This was stated by GCU Lahore Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. Asghar Zaidi, who is also a senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Aging while addressing a seminar on “Perceptions about Aging and Ageism”. Prof Zaidi has recently been selected as the Senior Adviser to WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Measurement, Monitoring and Evaluation of the UN Decade of Healthy Aging. The seminar was organized by the Ravian Forensic Society at the Govt College University Lahore.

Dr. Amna Buttar, a renowned geriatric doctor from the USA, believed that despite the fact that there is a tsunami of older persons coming, we’re just keeping standing there with our eyes closed.

Dr Amna Buttar called upon the Vice-Chancellor of GCU to start an advocacy campaign in Pakistan about the lack of attention to seniors and raise awareness about the severity of the situation. Prof Asghar Zaidi said that there are more than 12 million seniors, increasing to  44 million by 2050. However, most of us don’t have the knowledge or understanding about the issue. Moreover, he said, there exists a prejudice that seniors are not productive depending on the younger generation. 

UVAS: The Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) in collaboration with the Dairy-Beef project conducted an awareness session on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their implementation. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad also attended this session and took keen interest in implementing the SDGs in the university so that this institution can play its vital role in achieving the universal goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure people enjoy peace and prosperity. He said these goals are broad, interdependent and cover social, economic and environmental issues. He appreciated the initiative and hoped to achieve the targets and improve international ranking by practicing these development goals. Economic Policy Adviser at the SDG Support Unit, Ministry of Planning Development & Reform, Mr. M Ali Kamal was the keynote speaker. He shared his knowledge on the subject