Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
The United Nations has also designated 2020-2030 as the Decade of Healthy Ageing.
It is an opportunity to bring together governments, civil society, international agencies, professionals, academia, the media, and the private sector for ten years for joint action to improve the lives of older people, their families, and communities.
The United Nations estimates that 66perccent of people from 70 years and above have at least one underlying condition, placing them at increased risk of severe impact from COVID-19.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold fear and suffering for older people across the world, with its impact on health, and greater risk of poverty, discrimination and isolation, especially in developing countries.
The UN Chief, therefore, appealed to everyone to play a role in preventing elder abuse, adding that “difficult decisions around life-saving medical care must respect the human rights and dignity of all.”