Govt to develop model for care of the elderly – Wan Azizah

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 (Bernama) — The government is to implement a diagnostic study to develop an integrated and sustainable long-term model for the care of elderly people, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the move was aimed at improving and enhancing the National Plan of Action for Older Persons under the National Policy for Older Persons.

She said the study was necessary because many children neglected their parents due to their work and they themselves were under pressure from their economic well-being and lives.

“We have to look at it comprehensively because it is also wrong to penalise but not solve the problem,” she said after launching Tasputra Perkim, a day-care and training centre for children with disabilities, here.

Earlier, in her speech, Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said voluntary welfare organisations were seen as a potent force that could mobilise efforts to improve social well-being in society.



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