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Laws on way to protect elderly


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Laws on way to protect elderly
Elder abuse remains under-reported, especially among specific categories of older people. (Internet image)

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Barbados does not have the necessary legislation to protect its elderly from abuse.

As a result, plans are afoot to put the necessary regulatory framework in place to protect the rights of seniors.

This was disclosed during the national consultation regarding the Draft Elder Care Policy on Ageing for Barbados 2023 to 2028, which took place at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Friday.

Among the objectives of the draft policy, which was shared by lead consultants, Professor Dwayne Devonish and Dr Lawrence Nurse, is to establish a national review and reform agenda on elder legislation to inform new legislative and regulatory improvements to the elderly; create a stronger, more relevant and response regulatory and legislative environment that protects, empowers and enhances the welfare of older persons, and review existing situational assessments on the needs of older people and key thematic areas in which legislation is deficient or needed in Barbados.

The National Ageing Policy for Barbados 2023 to 2028, will also seek to identify and assess all key pieces of legislation directly and indirectly relevant to older people, covering their strengths, gaps and deficits and amend existing and/or draft new elder focused legislation. (Nation News)


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