Senior citizens from the Gojal Valley, upper Hunza, recently visited Misgar village, to meet the local people there and enjoy the natural beauty and cultural heritage. The tour was organized by Aga Khan Social Welfare Board, as part of the efforts to provide the much needed recreation opportunity for the aging men and women, whose wisdom and experiences are beacons for the new generations.
During the tour, the senior citizens visited the Kalandarchi Fort, historical post office and several other sites located in and around the Misgar village.
The people of Misgar Valley welcomed the visitors with warmth and love and treated them in accordance with the local traditions of hospitality, care and festivity.
We thought it appropriate to post the photographs of this tour here on Pamir Times, because the world is celebrating the Day of Senior Citizens today. We are thankful to Nadeem Rozdar for sharing these photographs.
Below is the reason why we need to care for our senior citizens.
Pakistan ranks 89 out of the 91 countries included in the Global AgeWatch Index. Within its sub-region, consisting of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, it has the lowest overall score.
In the enabling environment domain, it is ranked lowest on the Index. Only 41% of those over 50 feel safe walking alone at night and 31% of people over 50 are satisfied with the freedom of choice in their life.
It ranks highest in the education and employment domain at 67, with 55.3% of people aged between 55 and 64 being employed.
This year as part of our Age Demands Action campaign, older people are discussing how to get a Senior Citizen’s Bill approved in Parliament. Source: HelpAge