Kolkata, Jun 15 (GCCurrentAffairs) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said senior
citizens must be treated with care and respect and protected against all abuse.
“Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Senior citizens must be treated with care and respect, and protected against all abuse,” Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking page.
“The Bengal Govt is constructing a housing complex for senior citizens called Snehodiya in New Town. We have also set up a park exclusively for them,” she added.
The much-awaited project of Snehodiya, a proposed habitat for senior citizens in New Town would be inaugurated by Firhad Hakim, the Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister, on June 25, a state government official today said.
Snehodiya’ is a project of the West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO), which is a first-of-its-kind venture by any state government agency. There are around 100 rooms and a guest house comprising six rooms.
There will be a senior citizens’ park. There will be doctors, nurses and attendants to look after the elderly. It will have all the modern facilities Healthcare facilities will be available like medicines and regular measurement of weight, blood pressure and blood sugar of the residents. There will be facilities like physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and yoga, the official added.
Virtually all countries are expected to see substantial growth in the number of older persons between 2015 and 2030, and that growth will be faster in developing regions. Because the numbers of older persons are growing, the amount of elder abuse can be expected to grow with it.
While the taboo topic of elder abuse has started to gain visibility across the world, it remains one of the least investigated types of violence in national surveys, and one of the least addressed in national action plans.
Elder abuse 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.
The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution, designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse, a figure higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age worldwide.
Rates of abuse may be higher for older people living in institutions than in the community. Elder abuse can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences.
Elder abuse is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations. The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion in 2050.