Phipps: Older Persons Essential To Nation Building Linda Williams Story Updated: October 02nd 2015 at 12:45 pm
Including older persons in the decision making process is key to the development of the nation, says Hon. Wendy Phipps, Minister of State within the Ministries of Community Development and Social Services. The Minister officially launched the month of Older Persons on October 1 under the theme Sustainability & Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment”. “The selection of this sobering theme is meant to remind our citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis that senior citizens matter; that they have a key role to play in the sustainable development of our Country; that urban development cannot happen without consideration of the views, challenges and needs of OUR senior citizens; and that decisions cannot be made for senior citizens without their inclusion in the decision-making process,” she said. Phipps revealed the calendar of events and activities planned over the month of October to celebrate the contributions of the nation’s older generation. The main items on the Calendar of Events are as follows: 3rd October Church Service at 10:00 a.m. Seventh Day Adventist Church – Molineux 5th October Visits to Schools by Senior Citizens; ‘Adopt-an-Elderly’ by School Children 6th October Visits to Oldest Senior Citizens by Parliamentary Representatives 17th October Senior Citizens’ Movie Day – 3:00 p.m. @ Caribbean Cinemas 24th October Tea Party and Hat Parade 4:00 p.m. at Government House 30th October Parade – 10:00 a.m., starting from the Tamarind Tree, at Greenlands (A delegation from Nevis will participate in the parade.) “A number of other side events marking the Month of Older Persons will be incorporated into the official calendar, for which the media and stakeholders in senior care will be duly notified, The Minister noted. She reminded that as St. Kitts and Nevis celebrates the month of older persons, the health and well being of those individuals charged with the care of senior citizens must also be consider. “Very often this important stakeholder group is taken for granted, yet their needs should be on the front burner as well given that caregivers can only look after others if they themselves are healthy and well cared for. The federal government wishes all senior care providers and the Department of Social Services every success with the staging of our 2015 Month of Older Persons.”