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Posted: Friday, October 6, 2017. 10:24 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: On Wednesday the world celebrated International Day of Older Persons. In keeping up with global activities, the National Council of Ageing held a conference at the Biltmore Plaza on how to improve care and economic security for the elderly under the theme: “Stepping into the future: tapping the talents, contributions, and participation of older persons in society.”

According to Ix-chel Poot, this was the first national conference on aging and the rights of older persons in the country.

She revealed that she hoped to change the discussion surrounding elderly persons in Belize. “Routinely, we discuss the service provisions and where the shorts falls are in relation to the elderly,” she said.

On Wednesday, however, the Convention on the Rights of Older Persons were discussed and what protecting those rights would mean.

Furthermore, the economic security of that population was also discussed and in that discussion it was revealed that 31% of Belize’s population has a paid pension, 61% has no pension and the remainder from those two groups receive some kind of benefits.

According to Poot, the issue of care was also discussed because as people live longer there is need for care and so clinical care, in home care and institutional care was discussed.

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