October has been designated as the Action Month for the Vietnamese Elderly, announced the Central Committee of the Vietnam Association of the Elderly (VAE) in Hanoi on June 16.

Ngo Trong Vinh, VAE Vice Chairman and permanent deputy head of the Steering Board for the month, said the move is to hold up the role of senior citizens while providing timely and proper care for their fellows living in need.

This year’s action month will focus on raising public awareness of and attracting social resources to care for the elderly in especially disadvantageous circumstances.

The VAE chapters will raise public funding to improve lives of disadvantaged older people in ethnic, border and island areas.

As a joint effort with the health sector and other agencies, free health check-ups and cultural-and sport events will also be made available.-VNA