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Titolo: Jocelyn, 80, a member of a senior citize

Descrizione: Jocelyn, 80, a member of a senior citizens support group peeks from behind a electrocardiogram monitor at a booth promoting medical services for a local hospital as she and other members of the group visited a trade fair during an outing near the upgraded slum of Ngendo which they call home in the outskirts of Nairobi on September 30, 2010. Jocelyn currently cares for 5 children under the age of ten and she spends almost all her meager earnings from a road side stall in feeding and clothing the children. Although she suffers from rheumatism, high blood pressure and is a diabetic she depends on money handouts from a christian charity to pay for medicine she has been prescribed by doctors. For the most part, the elderly of the group lack the support of a traditional family structure and are on their own when it comes to making a living and paying for their medical bills. As the members age increases they are prone to incur in expensive medical services which they usually cannot afford placing an added burden on their already stretched thin on non existent modest incomes. AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

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