Olusegun Obasanjo

Don’t live in isolation, Obasanjo advises senior citizens

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday, advised the elderly in the country not to joke with communal society and shun a life of isolation.

The 84-year-old former president revealed that communal society is one of the secrets that had kept him fit and made him have a befitting older age.

Obasanjo disclosed this at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta when he received the senior citizens under the aegis of the Toyin Anini Varieties Centres of University College Hospital, Ibadan.

He emphasised that communal society is one of the factors that has helped the elderly live longer lives and shape their social lives.

Obasanjo advised the aged people to adopt the habits of a balanced diet, good rest with regular exercise, continuous medical checks, and social interaction.

“Our culture and tradition is that we should be with our children and take care of our grandchildren, but where are our children today? They have all travelled abroad,” he explained, adding, “When things change, we have to change with them. Once our elders are getting older, they should have social clubs that they can relate to.

“There are five important things to have a good life as an ageing person, which the acronym DREMS stands for: Diet, Rest, Exercise, Medical checkups, and Social interaction.”

Also, speaking, the President of the Elders Club of Toyin Anini Varieties Centre, UCH Ibadan, Dr Kunmi Idowu, condemned the attitudes of politicians for not giving proper attention to the aged.

He added that it is necessary to have special and proper treatment for the elderly.

He noted that politicians are always self-centred, lamenting that it has affected their ability to take care of elderly people in the country.

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