Asst. Prof. Dr. Phudit Tejativaddhana, Acting Director of the College of Health Systems Management, Naresuan University (NUCHSM) and main advisor of the development of the sustainable aging society project, in collaboration with Phitsanulok Municipality, organized the ‘Wonderful Elderly People’ day on the 21st of February 2018, Wednesday, at the A Ran Yik multi-purpose field, Amphur Mueang, Phitsanulok. This activity is part of the lined up activities in preparation to build a sustainable aging society under the sustainable development of future cities project. Phitsanulok is selected as one of the 6 cities in Thailand to build a sustainable future city. The project is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in cooperation with the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB).
The ‘Wonderful Elderly People’ day event aims to promote community activities through community participation and involvement, raise awareness and understanding on different roles and responsibilities for future development to improve and enhance the quality of life of the elderly including their socio-economic status, mental and physical health and the living environment aspects.
The ‘Wonderful Elderly People’ day event was honored by the presence of Phitsanulok Municipality Mayor, Mr. Boonsong Tantanee who formally opened the big event. He welcomed all the participants and the honored guests and talked about the background and the objectives of the project.
One of the honored guests present during the ‘Wonderful Elderly People’ day was Mr. Atsushi Saito, a city planning expert from Japan and JICA’s representative during the said event. He congratulated Phitsanulok Municipality, Naresuan University and all the stakeholders for organizing the ‘Wonderful Elderly People’ day. He also congratulated all the stakeholders for a job well done in building a sustainable aging society which can serve as a model for the whole of Thailand. He commended the way planning and activities are being organized which is by way of community participatory approach. He also made mention that learning and sharing experiences together is a very good example of a people-centered approach in dealing with problems and needs that may arise in the future as the local people are involved in all the activities. And finally, he is confident that Phitsanulok Municipality will finally complete the last phase of the implementation of the Sustainable Future Cities Initiative (SFCI) and proceed to build a sustainable aging society for the wonderful elderly people of Phitsanulok.
The major highlight of the ‘Wonderful Elderly People’ day is the fair. The fair was opened with a prayer and a lecture led by Phra
Kham Phon Kham Pee Ra Yan Na Me Tee. He talked morals and values and the role of the religion in promoting the quality of life of the elderly.
There were also performances during the event which made the day more colorful and enjoyable. The elderly performed different native Thai Dance while the Wat A Ran Yik School students showcased their talent through dance also.
Participating agencies of the 10-year strategic planning for the sustainable aging society project exhibits different products and different model homes for the elderly inside the Wat A Ran Yik compound which served as the venue for the joint activities for the ‘Wonderful Elderly People’ day. All the activities planned out helped promote healthy lifestyle and well-being not just for the elderly but for everyone in the community. The participating agencies that provided booths to exhibit different products were:
- Phitsanulok Municipality Bureau of Education
- Phitsanulok Municipality Social Welfare Division
- Phitsanulok Municipality Bureau of Civil Works
- Phitsanulok Municipality Technical and Planning Division
- Phra Ong Khao Elderly Club
- Mahanuphab Elderly Club
- Wat Phan Pee Elderly Club
- Pracha Uthit Elderly Club
- Buddhachinaraj Hospital, Phitsanulok
- Phitsanulok Health School
- Non-Formal Education and Training Center, Muang District, Phitsanulok
- Community Market
The elderly home models were exhibited by the Bureau of Civil works which is under the JICA budget. Asst. Prof. Chorpech Panraluk from the Faculty of Architecture, Naresuan University showed and explained the models to the guests and the elderly people.