KUCHING: The healthy elderly is a special group that must be expanded within the population.
Sarawak Gerontology and Geriatrics Society (SGGS) president Dennis Tan said by doing so, the group’s golden years will be enhanced thereby compressing their debility years.
“Those in this group are the spenders and they have the time. By sharing awareness in healthy living protocols, the government will spend less in providing medical care.
“This will exemplify positive patterns for the younger generation to emulate and SGGS is currently pursuing this direction.
“We are a local Sarawak homegrown entity that is building a global image of Sarawakians for Sarawak. With this in mind, we need the government’s attention and support,” he said when contacted on Friday (Oct 8).
Dennis thanked Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for showing concern towards the welfare of the elderly in the community.
He disclosed that the society was looking into creating branches in Simangang, Betong, Kapit, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri.
He pointed out that it was important for the society to have a headquarters like most reputable non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
“The future is bright and the society aspires to bid for the World Gerontology Congress 2027 to be held in Sarawak.
“The society aspires to have an image to be reckoned with, so we need government assistance in order for SGGS to help the healthy elderly,” he added.