Senior citizens should not be seen as a burden and have their welfare neglected, said Imams during the Friday sermon.
“They should be treated with love, although there is no doubt that children will have to face grievances when taking care of the elderly,” said Imams.
“Some senior citizens tend to be bad-tempered, fussy and sensitive. Children will need to be patient and entertain their attitude, not to scold, hurt or threaten them,” said Imams.
“Their service in raising us from childhood is irreplaceable, and isn’t easily paid back with material wealth.”
Imams said the responsibility to take care of the elderly should not be shouldered by the government alone but all parties involved, including their children.
Imams said Brunei Darussalam marks International Day of Older Persons annually on October 1.
“The nation celebrates such an auspicious occasion to remember their achievement in the development, involvement and contribution in community.
“The day is also celebrated to enhance community awareness on challenges facing the elderly. They are an important element in the family institution and community development,” said Imams.
“Hence, activities, joint programmes and community services between the elderly and youth should be expanded,” said the Imams. “This is to ensure that senior citizens continue to be active and continue to contribute to the community and the nation.”