Barbados Minister of Health Dr. Jerome Walcott makes the startling charge that some of those Bajan citizens who are least able to defend themselves – elderly people – are having their property unjustly confiscated.
The Minister’s statement is startling only because as a member of Government he is admitting what everyone on this island already knows.
It is a sad but true statement – especially with the elderly – that either family members or very powerful entities will often attempt to confiscate (read “steal”) the property of elderly persons by the simple expedient of “lawyering them to death” or trickery.
Our courts, police and the entire legal system must be vigilant in protecting the elderly from those predators who would misuse the legal system to achieve their corrupt ends.
From The Nation News …
ABUSE OF THE ELDERLY in Barbados is still being swept under the carpet.
Pension cheques of the elderly are cashed and spent by others, their money is being stolen, their property being confiscated and they are physically, psychologically, and sexually abused, left alone and isolated.
In addition to that, Minister of Health Dr Jerome Walcott disclosed, up to yesterday there were 20 elderly people abandoned by relatives at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).
These are among the issues which were examined by the first ever National Consultation on Elderly Abuse held yesterday at the Christ Church Parish Centre.
Speaking during the event, Walcott said: “Elderly abuse is manifested in Barbados in various ways, though some may want to sweep it under the carpet, and pretend that this is not so.”
He added the hidden causes of pain, suffering and sometimes death from such abuse among elderly people remained unseen.
But he noted that abusers often went unpunished because the acts were not reported.
The health minister also took issue with sick elderly persons being placed in private nursing homes or in Government institutions, where over time they were abandoned…
…read the rest of this article at The Nation News (link here).