THE ELDERLY ARE LAVISHED CARE UPON IN TURKMENISTAN
On the first day of October, Turkmenistan, as the whole world, celebrates the International Day of Older Persons.
Since ancient times, respect for one’s parents and grandparents is inherent in the Turkmen people. Elderly parents usually live with the younger son. Children never abandon their parents. The elderly are always lavished tender care upon by their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
On January 18, 2008, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed the Law of Turkmenistan providing for 1 October to be annually celebrated as the International Day of Older Persons. Turkmen people enthusiastically welcomed this law, which complemented care of elderly people provided by the family with the care provided by the Government of Turkmenistan, the administration of cities and villages, and public associations. Elderly people have richly deserved unlimited care and support. They devoted their entire lives burdened by wars and other difficult tests at the time of youth to the wellbeing and prosperity of future generations.
Showing concern and care for its people, in particular the elderly, the Government of Turkmenistan has clearly determined the strategy of large-scale social reforms, the main purpose of which is the wellbeing of people. The policies of the Head of State, Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov, place an emphasis on improving the wellbeing of the population: and in the social sphere, the main focus is on the efforts to create favorable conditions for life, productive labor, and adequate recreation of people.
The economic success achieved by Turkmenistan makes it possible to provide the population with free natural gas, electricity, drinking water and salt. The veterans and disabled veterans of the Great Patriotic War enjoy free public utilities. Other categories of citizens pay insignificant fees for the above services. Car owners get free petrol in the amount sufficient to cover their daily needs.
The Day of Older Persons is perceived not as a reminder of age to the veterans, but as the day of giving special attention to the elderly citizens, admiring their services in the area of labor and education of younger generation, acknowledging their active present participation in the social life.
Celebrations on the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons in Turkmenistan attract the attention of the general public to the problems of the elderly age: raising awareness of the population aging, individual and social needs of elderly people, their contribution to the development of the society, the need to change the attitude to elderly people, to provide for their independence, social inclusion, necessary care, and conditions for them to realize their inner potential and maintain dignity.
It is attractable for Turkmenistan that, in celebrating the International Day of Older Persons, many countries developed the tradition to hold free concerts, charity performances, cinema shows, recreational events, contests of amateur art activities of elderly people, honoring long-livers and spouses, personal exhibitions of veterans, as well as other activities.
1 October 2008, Turkmenistan for the first time celebrated the International Day of Older Persons on the national level. Celebrations, concerts and meetings were held in all etraps, cities, and in the capital. Most notable elderly people were presented with valuable and memorable gifts.
During this day, special attention was given to the elderly of moderate means, those living alone, and the disabled elderly people. All were given material assistance, and social workers provided various social services to them on the threshold of this day.
The senior citizens and the disabled who need social services in Turkmenistan are served by specialized institutions, both at home and in residential institutions. Services of this type make it possible to maintain to the maximum extent possible their normal environment. The above services are provided to veterans and disabled veterans of the Great Patriotic War, the widows of veterans who were killed on the battle-front, elderly people living alone, old and disabled elderly people, as well as other categories of citizens who are in need of care.
It is known that the more intensive the work of one’s soul, the slower his/her aging. If an elderly person has interesting activities, the old age can be postponed. It does not matter what kind of activities these are. The main thing is to enjoy every day. A person is young, as long as he/she can enjoy life.
The past years, tests, and the accumulated experience – these are the main wealth of elderly people. Revelry, careless joy, and bold hopes are replaced by wisdom, patience and endurance.
The International Day of Older Persons enables us to continue giving attention and care to the older generation, to acknowledge their deeds, and be close to them.
Material assistance to those who need it is pleasing; however, the elderly also expect care, good news and kind words from their families, children and grandchildren. And not only during this day.
Psychologists believe that, in order to feel burst of energy at the age of 70, one should live his/her life joyfully. Daily care, respect, comfort and warmth in one’s home and in one’s family play a significant role here. To create such an environment is the wish of every person, and the duty of the younger generation to the older generation.
The Day of Older Persons annually celebrated in the world will undoubtedly promote the creation of most favorable life conditions for elderly people, and will be a reminder to those who forgot about it.The pride of the younger generation for the good deeds of the elderly should be accompanied with taking daily care of them.