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Contact: Julita Peter

Thursday, October 1, 2009 – The Department of Human Services has reaffirmed its commitment to the vital work of upholding the UN principles of Older persons and achieving a society for all ages.


The Department is collaborating with HelpAge Saint Lucia National Council of and for Older Persons, in hosting several activities this weekend, in commemoration of International Day for Older persons, which is observed annually on October 1.


The activities planned will focus on this year’s theme, “Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Older persons: Towards a Society for all Ages”.


Executive Director of HelpAge Saint Lucia National Council of and for Older Persons Helen Charles says older persons must be given the treatment that they truly deserve.


“What we are doing today is to visit the different homes in the Castries area, and tomorrow we will visit those in the out districts. On Sunday we have a church service, which will be held in Desruisseaux at 8:30 in the morning after the church service we will awards older persons who have contributed towards the society.”


Five individuals, all residing in the island's South, between the ages of 101 to 106 will also be honoured.


The various Clubs 60 will also be hosting activities in their respective communities.


Meanwhile, Ms. Charles leaves the island on Sunday October 4 for Chile, where she will represent Saint Lucia at the 3rd Meeting of the Monitoring Brazil Declaration in Chile.


“It's a two day conference. The trip sponsored by the Chilean government, is designed to bring the different countries in the world together to talk about what is happening in individual countries pertaining to the treatment of older persons. The Chilean government is particularly interested in what NGO’s are doing to eliminate abuse and other ills against older persons.”


Ms. Charles is hopeful that the Saint Lucian government will make attempts to implement international guidelines and recommendations to ease the plight of older persons in the society.

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