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Fighting Elder Abuse in Angola

In Elder Abuse, Elderly on December 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Two weeks ago, we wrote about elderly abuse in Africa. This time, we want to congratulate the Ministry of Welfare and Social Reintegration on tackling elder abuse in Angola.

In Luena Angola, the Minister of Welfare and Social Reintegration, João Baptista Kussumua, recently opened an elderly shelter home. The goal of the shelter home is to provide greater protection and psychosocial assistance to the elderly, especially those that are in family abandonment situations. According to the Minister, the initiative will contribute to the elder’s social and economic conditions and thus retrieve the respect to people submitted to various abuses.

This initiative will help to decrease the incidence of elderly street begging that results from the elderly leaving their homes due to elder abuse. In addition, the elder’s quality of life will be improved. Our hope is that old age homes will increase and elder abuse can be confronted. Check out Villa Sunfield Old Age Home and Frail Care Facility in Durban, South Africa.

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The Untold Story: Elder Abuse

In Elder Abuse on November 18, 2012 at 5:06 am

In Angola, the ill-treatment suffered by many elderly people contributes a lot to their departure from the home and their families (Ministry of Welfare Social Reintegration). Although some families take care of their elderly parents, others subject their parents to physical and emotional abuse. This results in a reduced quality of life for the elderly. “The disrespect that old people receive from their relatives compel them to leave their residences to other places, seeking better living conditions”, said Berta Mendonça, the Deputy Provincial Director of Welfare and Social Reintegration.

Since old age homes are not widespread in Angola, and elder abuse is rarely reported, the elderly end up living on the streets. Ms. Mendonça explains that “the abuse situation is also the cause behind the increase in the number of old people who are street beggars”. In addition to being a marginalized and vulnerable group, elderly street beggars are at risk for diseases, malnutrition, and mental health issues. There are very few health systems that currently address this problem because elderly street begging is common in Africa. Governments should make this a priority by launching elderly home care and adult day programs, for instance. Moreover, NGOs and humanitarians can play a part too. This video portrays the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Namibia.

 

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