As Fiji’s older population is increasing by 3000 people annually, there is a huge responsibility that senior citizens be cared for.

These were sentiments shared by the Minister for Women, Children & Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa while officiating at the celebration to mark International Day of Older Persons at the Golden Age Home in Lautoka.

Vuniwaqa highlighted the important responsibility of society to ensure that senior citizens receive the best care at their most vulnerable stage in life.

Celebrations began with a march and included an Open Day exhibition by the Fijian Elections Office and Fiji Red Cross Society.

Vuniwaqa also toured the Golden Age Home and also shared words of encouragement with bedridden residents.

Guests included elderly members of the community from the Lovu HART Home in Lautoka.

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