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Elderly must be protected from abuse, says BARP


Elderly must be protected from abuse, says BARP

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Protect the elderly from physical, sexual and financial abuse.

That is the plea from Barbados Association of retired Persons (BARP) president Marilyn Rice-Bowen on the occasion of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020, being observed on June 15, under the theme Lifting Up Voices.

“Elder Abuse is viewed as the most hidden and unreported violation of Human Rights and affects one in every six seniors worldwide. The violators are usually persons entrusted with their care, and on occasions, loved ones,” she said in a statement.

“Seniors who are a source of knowledge, support and a unifying source of binding families through their deposits of nuggets of wisdom experience sexual, physical and financial abuse daily.   

BARP said this “act of human indignity” should be denounced and told the public to look for the red flags of elder abuse. These include:

“Information lifted from United Nations website has revealed that between 2019 to 2030, the number of persons age 60 or over is projected to grow by 38 per cent from 1 billion to 1.4 billion globally, outnumbering youth, and this increase will be the greatest and the most rapid in the developing world,” the statement continued.

“Whereas some might lack the physical strength to march against Elder Abuse, let’s use our pens and our access to social media as tools of advocacy. Lift up our voices and defend the human rights of the seniors in our midst – one case of abuse is one too many.”

The Barbados Association of Retired Persons says it is committed to protecting the rights of seniors in Barbados and will continue to “lift our voices in opposition to Elder Abuse” and eradicate it from the landscape. (PR/SAT)

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