New guidelines for dealing with the growing problem of abuse of the elderly
Mistreatment of the elderly is a violation of human rights. These include physical, sexual, psychological and emotional abuse, as well as financial and material abuse, abandonment, neglect and serious abuse of dignity and respect.
Etienne Krug, director of the UN Health Agency’s social assessment department, says, “Abuse of the elderly is an injustice that can have serious consequences, including premature death, physical damage, depression, and loss of cognitive ability. And poverty. ”
An old planet
As the number of elderly people around the world continues to grow, the number of people aged 60 and over will more than double in the coming decades, from 900 million in 2015 to nearly two billion in 2050.
World Health Organization Said on Wednesday that, like other forms of violence, abuse of the elderly has increased during the COVID-19 epidemic.
In addition, two out of three employees in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have admitted to abuse in the past year.
The agency said that despite the growing number of issues, the issue of abuse of the elderly is largely absent from the global health agenda.
Emphasis on dealing with the mistreatment of the elderly
The new guidelines call for tackling the problem of abuse of the elderly under the United Nations’ Healthy Aging Decade, which runs until 2030, and has been linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the past 10 years. .
Dealing with the difficulties that occur during old age is a top priority as it is a major reason why less attention is paid to the mistreatment of the elderly, while more and better statistics are needed to raise awareness about the problem. Is.
All countries must develop cost-effective solutions to prevent this abuse, and at the same time the need for investment to tackle this problem must be underlined.
This is a challenge that will require more money to overcome.