BANGKOK, 13 April 2019 (NNT) – April 13 is not only Songkran Day but National Elderly Persons Day. The premier called on the people to spend the day bringing happiness to the elderly persons at home.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called on the people to realize the significance of elderly persons who are virtually pillars of the family and society. For that reason, grandchildren are advised to bring happiness to their grandparents or other elderly persons at home by talking with them, understanding them, dining with them and taking care of their health.
The premier said the government has the policy to take care of elderly persons in full scope and varied aspects by 2021 such as providing a living allowance, hiring elderly persons for jobs, setting up a bank for elderly persons, building a senior complex and taking care of bed-ridden elderly persons.
Department of Elderly Persons Affairs Director General Phraiwan Pholawan said the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has called on members of the society to realize the significance of elderly persons and reduce violence against them. The young generations are suggested to follow in the footsteps of their elder relatives to help with national development and cultivate themselves. Such approach can raise the values of the elderly persons who can remain as an important force behind national development efforts.