Namibians on Friday commemorated the World Elders Abuse Awareness Day under the theme “Lifting Up Voices.”
“Family members, communities or organizations are some of the perpetrators of elders’ abuse,” Muesee Kazapua, mayor of City of Windhoek, told an event in the Namibian capital.
“In some instances, our elders are exploited financially and in other cases, those entrusted with caring for them simply do not provide them with basic necessities, like proper shelters, clothing, nutritious food, appropriate medication, safety, or assistance with hygiene,” Kazapua said.
He said that Windhoek, despite its financial constraints, commits itself to provide support to older persons with basic services, including subsidized bus services every month to improve their mobility.
“Let us care for and listen to the voices of our elders, as they listened to us when we needed them,” he said.
The United Nations General Assembly designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Enditem