Let’s Take Care Of Our El­derly

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For some­time now Min­is­ter for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion Rosy Ak­bar has been say­ing that we should not put our el­derly into age-care fa­cil­i­ties. Not long ago we took care of our el­derly in our homes un­til they die. Many still do, but there is a grow­ing num­ber of fam­i­lies now who re­gard put­ting their el­derly in age-care fa­cil­i­ties a strong al­ter­na­tive. They do it be­cause they do not have the ca­pac­ity to look af­ter them be­cause of their busy sched­ules.

Gov­ern­ment’s as­sis­tance to th­ese cen­tres helps de­fray costs and makes the op­tion at­trac­tive. But noth­ing beats the care and love at home in the hands of fam­ily mem­bers. But for those who need con­stant med­i­cal care they need to be close to med­i­cal cen­tres in case of med­i­cal emer­gen­cies. Ev­ery­thing needs to be done to en­sure that our el­derly are treated with re­spect, dig­nity and love. Some pre­fer to live at home, rather than age care cen­tres be­cause that’s where they are the hap­pi­est.

They like to be close to their loved ones and par­tic­i­pate in fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties even though the age care fa­cil­i­ties may of­fer bet­ter liv­ing stan­dards. It’s about their emo­tional well­be­ing. Ms Ak­bar was re­fer­ring to this when she en­cour­aged peo­ple to look af­ter their el­derly at home. Those who are placed in age care cen­tres de­spite their op­po­si­tion to it usu­ally suf­fer in si­lence. Their emo­tional agony is ex­ac­er­bated when they are vir­tu­ally for­got­ten and rarely vis­ited by their im­me­di­ate fam­ily mem­bers. Ms Ak­bar has re­minded all of us that look­ing af­ter our el­derly is our moral re­spon­si­bil­ity, not the State’s or any­one else’s. One day we will also en­ter that zone in our twi­light years and we hope we will be treated with re­spect and dig­nity and en­joy the rest of our time in this life.

Po­lice cleanup truly un­der­way

It’s now in­creas­ingly clear that the cleanup in the Po­lice Force is truly un­der­way. The in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the con­duct of two Po­lice­men who al­legedly so­licited money from a New Zealand cou­ple who were driv­ing with­out car­ry­ing their driv­ing li­cences. Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Bri­gadierGen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho has or­dered the in­ves­ti­ga­tions be car­ried im­me­di­ately. He has no tolerance for Po­lice­men and Po­lice­women who fail to up­hold the stan­dards and in­tegrity of the force.

Since he joined the force he has set a course to re­store the cred­i­bil­ity and in­tegrity of the forced da­m­aged by some shock­ing events in­ter­nally. Take for ex­am­ple the for­mer of­fi­cer in charge of Tave­uni Po­lice Sta­tion.

He has been jailed for 12 years for rap­ing a ju­nior Po­lice­woman and in­de­cently an­noy­ing two oth­ers. He had abused his power to com­mit this heinous crime.

Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho de­serves recog­ni­tion for clean­ing up the force. It will help re­store pub­lic con­fi­dence in it.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

El­derly women of the Golden Age Home in Natabua, Lau­toka with their blan­kets pre­sented to them by Min­is­ter for Women Rosy Ak­bar dur­ing her visit on Moth­ers day.

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