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‘Treat Elderly with Respect’

There is a need to treat senior citizens with respect, care and compassion, says the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar. She made the comments during her
14 Aug 2015 11:31
‘Treat Elderly with Respect’
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar (right), presents the $15,000 cheque to the president of Senior Citizens Foundation Fiji in Lautoka, Pusp Raj. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

There is a need to treat senior citizens with respect, care and compassion, says the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar.
She made the comments during her visit to the Senior Citizens Foundation in Lautoka branch yesterday.
Ms Akbar reiterated the importance of community support in addressing issues concerning senior citizens.
“Ageing is a natural process in everyone’s life. Nobody is going to be young throughout their life and we need to accept the fact that our senior citizens need to be cared, respected at that fragile phase of their lives. When a person ages there are lot of factors that come into the picture like ailing health, financial dependency and many times they are not given the place they deserve in their own homes,” she said.
“We have come across cases of some senior citizens whose properties have been sold and they have been left on the streets. It’s indeed very sad that some of them are neglected by their families and that’s why the ministry is working vigorously towards ensuring that the needs of senior citizens are recognised.”
She said her ministry was determined to strengthen its partnership with non-governmental organisations (NGO), faith-based organisations and stakeholders to raise awareness on this issue.

Government provides $15,000 for Lautoka centre

Close to 1000 senior citizens in Lautoka will benefit from a new agreement and partnership established between the Senior Citizens Foundation in Lautoka branch and the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.
As part of the agreement, the ministry has assisted the Foundation with a $15,000 grant that will be invested into the opening of a new Senior Citizens Centre in Lautoka.
The agreement signing between the Ministry and the foundation was done in Lautoka yesterday. The $15,000 cheque was presented to the foundation by Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar.
Ms Akbar said the assistance reflected the Fijian Government’s commitment to create a supportive and inclusive society for senior citizens.
“Today’s event is another indication of the Fijian Government’s commitment to such a cause, where senior citizens are concerned. The grant that we are providing aims to add value to the services provided for older persons. This initiative is aligned with the National Council for Older Persons (NCOP) Decree and Fiji’s National Ageing Policy.
Pusp Raj, president of Senior Citizens Foundation Fiji, said the assistance from the ministry would help them to facilitate a wide range of recreational activities for the senior citizens.

Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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