The importance of the elderly was amplified recently by Region 10 Chairman, Renis Morian, when he visited several elderly persons.
Morian said that as the country celebrates the Month of the Elderly he would like to see more respect and admiration shown to seniors since they have contributed to the growth of Guyana in their own way. This shouldn’t be forgotten, said Morian, during his visits to the homes of the several seniors who he presented with gifts, compliments of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC).
When Morian visited 79-year-old, George Marshall, a former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) officer, the senior citizen was especially appreciative that the Regional Chairman saw it fit to visit him.
He noted that such interactions from time to time would help elders, like himself, both psychologically and emotionally.
“Many of us elderly persons in Region 10 are somewhat comfortable because our family and relatives are taking time out to ensure that we are cared for to the best of their ability. But I can tell you from the standpoint of someone who has had an active life that we become lonely as there are not many persons outside of family and friends that we see or even interact with.
“As such, the Regional Chairman coming to our homes and engaging us and checking up on us helps significantly. We feel mentally better that there are persons outside of the family circle who still care or value our contributions to society,” the former soldier said.
Reflecting on his life, Marshall said that he is very proud that he had served in the GDF. He said that when he looks at the growth of Guyana some 50-odd years later, he is confident that the path of growth and development has been rapid and consistent.
He, however, said that he would like to see more opportunities being created for the elderly. He stated that after retirement for some, they are forced to remain at home counting their days as there is little or nothing to engage them mentally and physically.
“I would like to see more things done for the elderly as many of us might be old but not cold in the sense that we are still capable of contributing to Guyana’s growth in a significant way.
“I am appealing to you, Regional Chairman, to use your influence to create projects and programmes that can engage the elderly in a more unique and significant way,” Marshall appealed.
The Regional Chairman, speaking about the contributions of the former soldier, said that like several of the elderly persons he visited, they have made meaningful contributions.
“Region 10 remains grateful and thankful to them,” said Morian even as he noted that his Council will continue to place significant focus on the elderly and as such, they will continue to receive assistance in many ways.
He said that their focus and assistance to the elderly is not because of the Month of the Elderly observance, but one that is consistent and year-round as they are cognisant of the contributions of these men and women.
“As the Regional Chairman I would like to assure the elderly folks in Region 10 that my Council and I will continue to lend support and assistance in whatever way possible as we recognise that they have contributed significantly and it is only for us to recognise that we can play our part,” said Morian.
He added, “Therefore, the RDC of Region 10 will continue to stand by the elderly and will continue to lend valuable support as they continue to enjoy their golden years. They have played their part and I would like to assure them that we at the Council level will play our part equally,” the Regional Chairman assured.
Morian noted that he has been visiting at least two elderly persons each day lauding the contributions made by the elderly.
October is recognised annually as the month of the elderly. However Morian said that despite the month coming to an end soon, his intention is to ensure that he visits every single home in Region 10 that has elderly persons to assure them of the region’s appreciation for their years of service to the country and community.
“There are many persons who we would like to visit, and looking at the numbers we certainly may not be able to visit all in this month but I am assuring them that I will continue to visit their homes so that I can engage them in discussions, as many of these persons can still contribute ideas and in other ways to Guyana’s development,” said Morian.
He added, “They are golden in their age but they can equally contribute golden advice that will help us as a region to continue further developing as we seek to provide the needed support and assistance to our people, in enhancing their lives.”
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