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OAH observes 5th foundation day
Correspondent Kohima, Aug 30 (NPN):
Published on 31 Aug. 2010 12:25 AM IST
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The people of Nagaland had felt the need of setting-up Old Age Home, however, many people failed to realize the importance of such needs. Gracing the 5th foundation day of the Kohima Old Age Home on Monday, Chotisuh Sazo, Parliamentary Secretary for Social Welfare and Women Development said the importance of establishing Old Age Home in Nagaland could not be overstated and for many years the matter was because of the close-knit society. He opined that many who argue against the need of having Old Age Home said that it would be unnecessary because respective families could take care of their aged members. However, the need to have Old Age Home and the merit in having such homes have been established through his home that the Good Samaritans have been set up, he said.
“There is no doubt that the lives of aged people have been dramatically transformed from pitiable to admirable state” he said and expressed hope that the good works of Good Samaritans would endure and flourish. The Home has made many people aware that the elderly folks of the society have been given the privilege to live the last days of their lives in grace with dignity.
Sazo said “I am aware that the aged folks who reside with you are treated with great care and kindness by the founders and the staff alike,” adding the way they have been tended with true concern could not fail to move the hearts of many who were indifferent of setting up Old Age Home in Naga society.
He also hailed the effort of the Good Samaritans for their professional approach, apart from love and care with which they care for these aged people. On the presence of medical professionals in the home, he termed it as utmost necessity because they were in the stage of life when their health conditions have become fragile and in need of constant care. On the occasion, Sazo also released the first edition of magazine “Into the sunset with dignity” of the Old Age Home.
Earlier, Neithonuo T. Liegise, managing director Kohima Old Age Home gave a brief highlight of the Home and the various activities undertaken by the home which was first established at D-Block in 2005 and later shifted to the present location on the Indira Gandhi Stadium road, opposite to Fishery directorate.
She said the objective of the Home is to create pleasant and secure environment for the residents, to provide quality health care for their physical, psychological emotional and spiritual needs, to ensure proper nutrition and health care, to protect senior citizens rights, to organize recreational programmes and activities and to conduct free medical camp for senior citizens in collaboration with specialized doctors and recognized hospitals both private and government, to organize spiritual programme and activities of their spiritual growth, to organize keep fit activities and exhibitions/cultural programme, to involve and participate by the senior citizens, to train and impart the caregivers with skills and knowledge to give quality care to senior citizens, to reach out to the needy and underprivileged senior citizens to get more information about their issues and to help on their problems, to give family counseling on elderly being abused and to create good relationship.

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