By BBN Staff: Last week a video was widely shared on social media showing an elderly man being mistreated by those who were taking care of him. Following the horrendous act and the subsequent public outrage, the National Council on Ageing (NCA) has condemned such acts and calls on greater
collaboration with the public to ensure that incidents like those are addressed.
The NCA noted that the abuse of elderly people in Belize is a tragic reality that is underreported and that the COVID-19 pandemic has likely increased incidents of abuse and neglect for older persons.
“The recent posting of a video depicting an older person being mistreated by his caregiver is an ugly reminder of the struggle being faced by some older persons in our country. The National Council on Ageing condemns all acts of violence, neglect, and abuse against older persons. This includes the desensitized distribution of material in any form that highlights the abuse of any person without protecting their identity or autonomy,” the NCA said.
The Council said that, since the incident, authorities have located the people shown in the video and that the man has since been permanently relocated following an evaluation of his living conditions. The NCA also said that a care plan has been put in place to safeguard his wellbeing. The Council thanked authorities such as the Police Department and the Women and Family Support Unit of the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation as well as organizations such as the Love Foundation and HelpAge Belize for their supportive roles.
“The public is reminded that all forms of abuse, neglect and domestic violence should be reported to the Police Department and or the Department of Human Services,” the NCA added.