SARIKEI, Oct 1: The senior citizens in the Sarikei division have quality health status, are productive, and can still contribute to society, proving “age is just a number”.
According to a report by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas), Sarawak Deputy Minister for Urban Development and Natural Resources Datu Len Talif Salleh informed that it is projected 7.3 per cent of Sarawak’s total population by the year 2030 will be aged 65 and above.
“However, based on the presence of the elderly today, I found that the elderly in Sarikei Division have a quality and productive health status and can still contribute to society or the younger generation.
“This is an indication that the wellbeing of the elderly in our country, especially in Sarawak, is at an encouraging level,” he said during the Sarikei division-level celebration of Senior Citizens Day held in Kampung Seberang Sarikei recently.
Len Talif, also Kuala Rajang assemblyman, further said socialisation is important for the elderly to maintain a healthy emotional and mental health status.
“Many studies have found that those who suffer from depression and forgetfulness are usually those who feel lonely.
“Thus, programmes like this are the best platform in creating independent, dignified, and respected senior citizens by optimising their potential through healthy, positive, active, productive, and supportive ageing to improve the well-being of life in national development,” he added.
On a separate event, Len Talif and Tanjung Manis MP Yusuf Abdul Wahab had the opportunity to grace Taman Susur Jambu Sarikei Family Recreational Programme held at the Park’s Basketball Stadium on the same day.
Len Talif also visited a project of earth filling and enlarging the area of Rh Swak Jalik in Sungai Sentebu.
The project is implemented by the Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) and will greatly benefit the residents of the 18-door longhouse. — DayakDaily