Respect elders within a secure society and utilize their wisdom – President

President Maithripala said the grievances of the elderly could be eliminated by creating a secure society for them. “The challenge we have today is to arrive at a solution in keeping with the invaluable qualities the Sri Lankan society inherited from the glorious past,” he said.

In a message on the National Elder’s Day he pointed out that the National Secretariat for Elders has taklen commendable steps to assure security for elders and to utilize their experiences, knowledge and wisdom for the society, which is being sustainably urbanized due to modernization.

The President offered best wishes for the National Elders’ Day celebrations which will be held in parallel to the International Day of Elders under the theme “Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment”.

Following is the full text of the President’s message:

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Message

In any society, elders are the most valuable human resource. They acquire knowledge through life experiences. Since ancient times People of the East have placed the elders in a high stature in the society as well as within the family unit providing them the due respect. Sri Lankans within their extended family system have given a special place for elders and considered them as the Pride of a family.

However, urbanization taking place in this present world has posed a serious challenge to the survival of the role of the elder. In many households today, the elderly persons are kept in old homes, while the children spend their restless lives as machines in their homes.

The International Day of Elders is celebrated today in such a context. In a day like this there must be a national dialogue on the imperative need for taking steps to prevent recurrence of unfortunate situations faced by elderly persons in today’s world.

The challenge we have today is to arrive at a solution in keeping with the invaluable qualities the Sri Lankan society inherited from the glorious past.

It is commendable the steps taken by the National Secretariat for Elders to assure security for elders and to utilize their experiences, knowledge and wisdom for the society, which is being sustainably urbanized due to modernization.

I wish every success for the National Elders’ Day celebrations which will be held in parallel to the International Day of Elders under the theme “Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment”.

It is certain that the grievances of the elderly could be eliminated by creating a secure society for them.

Maithripala Sirisena                                                                                                                                 September 28, 2015

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