OLDER persons provide a tangible source of experience and wisdom that can be utilised
And people need to give the older generation the opportunity to guide and counsel the younger generation on key issues of life.
The President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau made the comments at the International Day of Older Persons celebration at Tanoa Plaza in Suva yesterday.
Ratu Epeli said these people need to be treated fairly and equally given the contribution they had made to the development of this country.
"Older generation can provide life changing guidance to children on issues such as HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancies and development plans," he said.
Members of the Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS) gathered to lobby the President's support on the report on Age Demands Action 2012.
A report on Age Demands Action in Fiji was also presented to Ratu Epeli.
Tears flowed freely as the older persons reminisced on their past and how the government can consider the plight of old citizens in Fiji.
Kamlesh Arya, a member of FCOSS, said they would love to see their rights be included in the new constitution.
"We continue to contribute positively to our society therefore we need the nation to look after us," he said.
Mr Arya said their rights needed to be articulated and the support from members of the public was paramount.
The report says that older people of Fiji desire to lead active, respectful, productive and independent, secure dignified lives and enjoy relatively good health.
FCOSS also highlighted to the President that financial and health securities in old age are the two major problems faced by the seniors of Fiji.