|The old (and young) exercise daily near Hoàn Kiếm (Sword) Lake in Hà Nội. — VNS Photo Việt Thanh|
HÀ NỘI — The rate of population aging in Việt Nam is progressing rapidly, so due attention should be paid to caring and protecting the elderly, Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam said on September 28.
He spoke at an event kicking off month-long activities to honour the elderly and marking the 27th anniversary of the International Day of the Elderly.
Việt Nam is one of the five countries with fastest rate of population aging in the world, and by 2050 some 25 per cent of Vietnamese will be elderly people, Vietnam News Agency reported. Currently, the country’s 10.1 million elderly people account for 11 per cent of the population.
In his address, the deputy PM noted that 26 years ago the United Nations decided to observe October 1 as the International Day of the Elderly. “In Việt Nam, ranging from the Constitution to the Law on the Elderly and other related official documents, all have vowed to give the best care to the elderly,” Đam said.
In 2012 the Government adopted a National Programme of Action for the elderly and decided to observe October as the month of action for elderly people.
By 2025 Vietnamese elderly people will account for 17 per cent and the figure will rise to 25 per cent by 2050. That’s why taking care of the elderly has become an important mission of the Vietnamese Government, Đam said.
Among attendees at the event were Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân, Poliburo member and Chairwoman of the National Assembly, Trương Thị Mai, Chairwoman of the Party Central Committee for Mass Mobilisation, and Phạm Thị Hải Chuyền, Chairwoman of the Việt Nam Elderly Association (VEA).
“The VEA has organised many activities for the elderly to improve their material and spiritual life,” Chuyên said. — VNS