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Care for The Elderly in Yangon

Care for The Elderly in Yangon

During the breaks of Spreece, China, and Oman, I had been diligently working alongside a senior care facility that was sick. During the break before China, I had done specific research regarding the facility, such as the number of employees, reasons as to why the elderly had been abandoned, and the areas of improvement that the facility could take upon themselves. 

During the break after China, I decided to visit and tour the facility to get a grasp of how the details of the situation within the facility. I realized that on the four floors that there were, there were a hugely disproportionate number of beds to the number of employees. In fact, there were only four to five employees readily available to assist on basic needs of every 10 to 15 seniors, such as taking care of bowel movements, eating disabilities, etc.  Not only this, but there was a waitlist of seniors that couldn't be given care due to the limited space of the facility. That was when I realized I needed to step in. 

So, I originally wanted to create a video that entailed the stories of these elderly seniors, raising awareness of this issue of growing senior population and how we as youth are responsible for changing this situation around. But later, I realized during the Oman break that the organization wasn't fond of me videoing due to security policies. Therefore, I adapted to the situation and created an advertisement flyer calling for more people to volunteer, may it be one day to one year, and donate this underfunded facility. I was an assistant manager to the marketing and graphics team, and collaborated on creating a flyer distribution with teams of available staff, with me personally involved in this activity.

The results of my impact showed. Not only were they appreciative of my efforts, the chairman personally decided to acknowledge my drive towards helping the old. I attended this specific ceremony arranged just for me to celebrate the grit and empathy I showed towards the cause. 

Onsen by Amelie Andreas

Onsen by Amelie Andreas