Member of Parliament for Roseau Central, Norris Prevost, has advocated for more respect be given to the dignity of elders.
Addressing the 2012 Christmas Gathering of the Dominican Council on Aging Inc, at the Windsor Park Stadium on Sunday, Prevost said it is degrading when the good being done for elders is constantly broadcast.
“I call upon caregivers and all those who help the elderly materially, emotionally, or physically, to respect the human dignity of our elders, and to uplift their pride and self esteem. It is not necessary to keep broadcasting over and over on TV and radio, whatever little we do for the elderly,” he said.
According to Prevost, elders have done their share in nation building and now they earn the right to be looked after.
“The elderly have worked hard throughout their lives for family, for community and for country. To be looked after in their late years is a right they have earned. They deserve the care, the love and the material support. We owe it to them,” he said.
Tribute was paid to Dominica’s centenarians and elders at the gathering and the country’s young people were called upon to copy the work of the elderly in their honesty, industriousness and hard work, in order to live long and build themselves, their families and Dominica.