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September 23, 2008

Elder Abuse: Call for Elder Care Board (Barbados)

Call for elder care board
9/16/08.

LEGISLATION is needed to protect Barbados' seniors from physical, sexual and financial abuse.
This recommendation was made Tuesday by medical social worker Pauline Morris, in a talk on elder abuse at Black Rock Polyclinic as part of Senior Citizen's Month observance under the theme, Celebrating Our Seniors.

Morris who is attached to the Geriatric Hospital told the more than 60 seniors gathered for the day's activities that it was not just a case of being hit physically; a number of them were being taken advantage of with their money, especially with the use of ATM cards.

She said many aged people who were losing their memories, gave their ID numbers to people they trusted who then withdrew from their bank accounts more money than what was agreed to be taken off.

Morris did not have statistics to show but said a number of cases were being reported.
She said an elder care board should be set up to specifically deal with the situation. (WB)

SOURCE: Nation News - Barbados
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is such a shame that in these times, when the elderly should be respected and given their dues for what they have done for the younger generations that have followed them, there is this type of treatment allowed to commence. Surely this should be against the law and a thorough investigation is called for to out the culprits and socialise the carers. Whistle blowing should be encourasged as only then can the carers who obviouslt do a great job feel secure enough and appreciated to carry on doing their job the correct way.

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