October is observed as Month of the Elderly annually. The Ministry of Human Services & Social Security has commemorated it this year with the launch of The Century Club – Extra care for 100 years and beyond.
This club will honour those citizens in Guyana who have made it to 100 years and even exceeded 100 years.
This programme aims to bring ease and comfort to Guyana’s longest serving citizens by providing care packages, groceries, health checkups, vitamins, glucose testing machines and other services. These items will be procured directly through the Ministry and through collaboration with various businesses, organisations and entities.
Minister of Human Services & Social Security, Hon. Dr. Vindhya Persaud said, “Our senior citizens have contributed in diverse spheres in our country and, I believe it is incumbent on us to ensure that in their later years they're able to enjoy all amenities, facilities and opportunities to have a good quality of life.
“You will agree with me that when you hit 100 years, that century, you've done what not a lot of people not only in our country and our world have been able to do. I believe we should honour, we should salute, we should pay tribute to those who have.”
During the month of October, the ministry will be planning a number of activities to engage and involve our senior citizens that can impact on their mental health well-being and overall wellness.
The Ministry has been constantly working ways to improve the lives of its senior citizens.
Minister Persaud reiterated in her remarks, “We have moved a great distance with regard to pension in terms of our increase in pension, the early delivery of pension books, the introduction of the banking system and also alternate venues and we are working on other improvements that will come later so that pensioners can really, not have to suffer frustration and hassle.”