Most of the diseases and healthconditions the elderly suffer in the region are hypertension, diabetes and bodyaches. De Guzman said elders in the regionentertained themselves through joining church organization, groups and playingsocio-recreational games. Among those discussed during theprogram were physical exercises, activities and food essential for maintainingwellness. Revolving around the theme “Healthyand productive aging starts with me,” the DOH-6 guided the elderly on how tolive a healthy and fit lifestyle. Cristina de Guzman, DOH-6 regionalprogram coordinator for health and wellness, said the elderly sector was givenhealth priority programs from the government. “It is good that they have theseactivities because we want them to become productive,” she added. Around 300 senior citizens gathered ata mall in Mandurriao district for the celebration of the Elderly Filipino Weekon Oct.1. “For those who may be diagnosed withhypertension or with diabetes, we have free medicine accessed at healthcenters. For them to access the medicines, they have to be registered for theirmaintenance and they have to consult every three months for the management oftheir diabetes and hypertension,” de Guzman said. “They should also drink more water forthe maintenance of good health and for them to cleanse. It is very importantthat every day, they have regular bowel movement,” she added. Around 300 senior citizens gather at a mall in Iloilo City to celebrate the Elderly Filipino Week on Oct. 1. CRISTINA DE GUZMAN/PNA Aside from the DOH, the Department ofSocial Welfare Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Departmentof Labor and Employment and Social Security System updated the participants oftheir programs.(With a report from PNA/PN) “We are grateful for them because theyhave done a lot for this country. We cannot afford that our elders are sick. Wewant them to enjoy life and the fruits of their labors as retirees,” de Guzmansaid. De Guzman said it is also importantthat elders take in less salt, sugar and oily food. She added the elderly should alsovisit their dentists regularly to maintain healthy teeth and gums essential asthey take in food. “It is good that we have people herefrom the government. This is much appreciated and it makes us feel that we arerecognized in the little things that we do,” Engr. Rodrigo Naval, president andchairman of the city’s Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of thePhilippines said. ILOILO City – The Department ofHealth-Western Visayas (DOH-6) assured the government is looking after thehealth and wellness of the elderly sector.