Council for Aging reacts to recent violence against Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 December 2015 00:00

Since October of this year there have been reports of violent crimes against older persons in different parts of the country. In each incident these heinous crimes have caused shock and disbelief among our citizens. The newscast coverage of the brutal and senseless attack of a 93-year-old man in his home in Belize City once again highlights the vulnerability of older persons across the country. Belize’s population of older persons continues to grow every year and with it challenges of care, security and safety remains an issue for many and their family.

The National Council on Ageing would like to call on all citizens of Belize to take an active interest in older persons living in their community. This can be done through ensuring they are members of an older persons’ organization such as local church groups, HelpAge, and VOICE; through establishing neighborly relationships with them and reporting any suspicious activity in their area. We encourage older persons to build a network of relatives and friends who check on them regularly and who can provide home support during the night.

At this time we call on all entities of our justice system to continue to work diligently to ensure that these perpetrators are brought to justice and to send a message that as a country we will not tolerate the abuse and victimization of our older persons.

As we approach the beginning of a new year we hope that there will be greater respect and consideration given to all older persons across the country of Belize.