Katema implores families to care for the aged

COMMUNITY development minister Joseph Katema says elderly people are a source of information and experience if society makes proper use of them.

And Dr Katema says elderly people should not be viewed as a burden or enemies in society.

In an interview yesterday, Dr Katema said Zambians needed to be educated on the importance of taking care of the aged in society.

“The elderly should not be viewed as a burden or an enemy in society. That is what is happening because when some people are having calamities in their families, they have to look at an elderly person in the neighbourhood to point a finger at to say, ‘that is a witch’,” he said.

Dr Katema said taking care of the aged should be the responsibility of families and communities.

“The best place where the elderly should be taken care of is the home environment, the family environment,” he said.