Senior Citizens Homes around the country today received 50% of the $400,000 government grants that will assist them in their daily operations.
While signing the agreement with the Homes representatives at the Samabula Senior Citizens Home, Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Doctor Josefa Koroivueta told Homes representatives they should prepare their Homes to be mobility aids with improved infrastructure.
Koroivueta says the current population statistics indicate that 70% of the population is below the age of 40 and this is expected to take a toll on Senior Citizens Homes by 2030.
He adds that Senior Citizen Homes need to be age-friendly and be prepared for the aging population.
Koroivueta has also confirmed that the process for the free bus fare initiative for all elderly citizens above the age of 60 is near completion and the same benefit is currently being shared with persons with disability.
It was also a memorable day for residents at the Samabula Home as they celebrated father’s day.
The staff of Samabula Home also performed some dance items and prepared lunch.ADVERTISEMENT Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.