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Respect And Honour Elders: Vuniwaqa

Any older people survive on limited income, so that the loss of even a small sum of money can have a significant impact, says Mereseini Vuniwaqa.
15 Jun 2020 11:55
Respect And Honour Elders: Vuniwaqa
World commemorates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today.

Vulnerable groups like the elderly are at risk of being severely impacted by COVID-19, says Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa.

As the world commemorates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today, Fijians have been reminded to respect and honour elders.

The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 66/127, designated June 15th as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

As Fiji grapples with the daily implications of COVID-19, Ms Vuniwaqa said: “No matter how tough the situation may be, there is absolutely no excuse for violence and abuse against our elderly.

“They have made significant contributions to who we are today and this must never be forgotten.”

Abuse against elders is a global social issue, which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community, Ms Vuniwaqa said.

“Researchers have confirmed that the abusers are often adult children or other family members, and most cases are reported in an ‘at-home’ settings. In many instances elder abuse is often swept under the carpet, where victims continue to suffer, for fear of being further ostracized or discriminated against.”

She said until recently, elderly abuse was hidden from the public view and mostly considered a private matter.

“The consequences of abuse can be especially serious. Older people are physically weaker and more vulnerable than younger adults, their bones are more brittle and convalescence takes longer. Even a relatively minor injury can cause serious and permanent damage.

“Also, many older people survive on limited income, so that the loss of even a small sum of money can have a significant impact. They may be isolated, lonely or troubled by illness, in which case they are more vulnerable as targets for fraudulent schemes.”

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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