By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – As Guyana joins the rest of the world in observing International Day of Older Persons, First Lady Sandra Granger has conducted a city tour of several homes for the elderly, beginning at Uncle Eddies Home.
In her visit, the First Lady interacted briefly with the residents who were delighted with her presence; offering to sing for her among other merriments.
The theme of this year’s International Day of Older Persons is “Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment” which highlights the need to make cities inclusive for people of all ages.
Speaking to reporters during one of the visits, Mrs Granger stated that it is important that elderly folks remain active in their later years.
“One of the things for seniors is to keep active and engaged. The government and organizations should do all that is possible to keep our citizens active and engaged,” said the First Lady.
“We are really looking at how we can assist our seniors….some ladies would be coming to do some manicures and pedicures today,” she added.
DeSinco trading has collaborated with the First Lady to supply a quantity of KerryGold milk to several of the Homes in the city.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in his message to the elderly stated that making cities inclusive of older persons means generating opportunities for their economic and social participation in accessible and safe environments.
He said it also means providing affordable housing as well as the health and social services needed to support ageing in place.
“On this International Day of Older Persons, I call on Governments to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable so that no one – of any age – is left behind,” said Mr. Ban.