Message for Day of the elderly: “One who fails to plan plans to fail”

POSTED: 10/1/14 5:21 PM

GREAT BAY—St. Maarten joins the rest of the world today in observing international day for older persons under the theme “leaving no one behind: promoting a society for all”, and the pre-elderly have been urged to prepare for their golden years and cautioned by the ministry with responsibility for human affairs that “one who fails to plan plans to fail.”

In a press release to commemorate international day of the older persons, the ministry commends seniors for working and toiling to ensure that the succeeding generations can live in a developed society. “In addition, we recognize and thank all the various organizations who are currently working on behalf of the elderly either by championing their issues, assisting with meals, providing care and recreational activities to them,” the family affairs ministry stated in a news release to commemorate day of the elderly.

According to the ministry, this year’s theme is in keeping with the goals of community development, family and humanitarian which is promoting the general well-being of the society. “By fulfilling this goal one of our responsibility is to ensure community work and community development in the various neighborhoods on St. Maarten. When executing this task we encounter and intervene in many concerns that affect people’s daily lives, and by extension our seniors. In contrast we’ve also encountered seniors, despite the challenges of growing old, who enjoy and embraces old age. This then begs to question why the difference. And the answer is simple, preparation.

“In reflecting on this year’s theme and specifically “leaving no one behind” it is important to draw one’s attention to the pre-elderly those nearing their golden years; between the ages of 50-59 years old. Within the next 10 years or less our pre-elderly will become our elderly and the question is: ‘Have they been planning and preparing for the years to come’?  To avoid that our seniors experience hardships during old age, it is important that all stakeholders including the individual begin with preparations now. It is said one who fails to plan, plans to fail. Employing a proactive approach community development, family and humanitarian affairs is exploring the possibility of linking with potential stakeholders in developing an action plan for this specific objective in support of this target group.”

A number of issues that may cause the idea of growing older appear overwhelming  to many were sited by the ministry of family affairs including loss of identify, boredom as a result of one’s extra time on their hands, no longer having a sense of value, financial security and the eminent decline in health. “However, being pro-active by planning and preparing at an early stage might lessen the anxiety that comes along with ageing.”

The pre elderly in particular are urged to consider various issues when preparing “for the golden years” including “improving or maintaining your health by either committing or(recommitting) to healthy eating and physical activity, assessing one’s debt and overall expenses, assessment of  assets such as pension plans, insurances, property etc., consider turning your hobbies into income generating activities, taking self-improvement classes and partaking in volunteer work.”

Persons are urged that whatever they decide to do, not to wait to begin preparing, even though it may seem as if it’s far way. “Success depends upon previous preparation and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.”

Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs

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