Less than 4 percent of Mali's population is over 60 and therefore considered elderly or in their third stage of life.
However, the elderly are considered a key part of Malian society.
These days, Mali's government isn't leaving the care of the elderly to luck. The average income in Mali is less than a dollar a day and some families find it difficult to take care of their older relatives. Mali's government is helping out and has built a clinic which specializes in geriatrics or healthcare, for the elderly.