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Analysis of public policies in favor of the elderly people in Senegal: state of legal protection Volume 16, issue 1, Mars 2018

Authors
1 UFR santé et développement durable, Université Alioune Diop, Bambey, Sénégal
2 Centre de gérontologie et gériatrie, Ouakam, Sénégal
3 Service de médecine préventive, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Sénégal
4 Service de gériatrie, Fann ; Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Sénégal
5 UFR Ecomij, Université Alioune Diop, Bambey, Sénégal
6 Institut de recherche en santé, surveillance épidémiologique et de formation (IRSSEF), Dakar, Sénégal
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Senegal will be spared by phenomenon of population ageing, which will surely have socioeconomic and cultural consequences that will not be easy to tackle, as all sectors will be affected. In regard to legal protection, there are not any special legal acts for the elderly as is the case for children and women. They are treated just as responsible adults whose legal status is the same as everyone else. As far as the framework of legal protection of elderly people is concerned, Senegal has ratified all international and regional means and mecanisms for the protection of the rights of the elderly. In addition, the authorities have adopted policies and programs that favor taking charge of old people's interests. At the present, Senegal possesses a legal framework for the protection of its elderly people. So the matter is about creating new rights, because even the existing rights are not known to their beneficiaries. What is important is to ensure that the elderly fully enjoy their rights in the same way as the other members of society. It is wise, therefore, to put in place plan for information, public awareness and communication concerning the legal regulating framework. Thus, Senegal could be regarded as a pioneer in terms of the protection the elderly, and these leading programs can represent models for the countries of the region, whose social, sanitary and economic contexts are similar.