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Africa is known to be the youngest continent, demographically speaking with about 60% of its population under 25 years old. This is a great prospect for economic growth and development, however not so beneficial for older adults of the continent. The fact that over half of Africa’s population is made up of children and young adults has shifted the attention of many African countries’ governments, including Ghana to rely on job creation for the youth to drive economic growth. But, with new advancements in health and technology, Ghana expects to see a surge in the proportion of older adults in the next decade. This calls for provisions in terms of policies, programs, and services geared towards the wellbeing of the older adults. As it stands now, there is little to no focus on matters of aging and the wellbeing of older adults. This is a problem considering the everchanging family structures. A lack of awareness of these subjects results in neglect, abuse and violence amongst the older population in some parts of the country. Join Oasis Health Team Social Worker, and graduate of the Brown School of Social Work, Ebow Nketsiah to learn more about his experience growing up in Ghana and his insight on what life is like for the aging generations in his home country.