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Elders’ Wishes Saddens Akbar

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, is calling on families to shoulder the responsibility of caring for their elderly. During her visit to the Golden Age
24 Oct 2014 09:29
Elders’ Wishes Saddens Akbar

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, is calling on families to shoulder the responsibility of caring for their elderly.

During her visit to the Golden Age Home in Lautoka the residents spoke of one common wish in Diwali – to spend time with their families.

“It is very sad to hear that most of their relatives don’t visit them, and some don’t want to take responsibility in looking after them,” Ms Akbar said.

“This should not be the case no matter the circumstances.”

Laisa Rabuli, 47, cried when the Minister asked her what she wanted.

“I wanted to spend it with my family but I love it here now; everyone is nice to me,” Ms Rabuli said crying.

The Minister was disappointed with what she heard from the residents but was happy with efforts from the staff and management to comfort them.

“Still this should not be any excuse for family to not come and visit at least, because nothing beats the love of a family,” she said.

The residents were treated to sweets and refreshments provided by the Ministry for their Diwali celebration.

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