Community Affairs Minister Osbourne Bodden announced today Cabinet’s approval of a National Older Person’s Policy.
The 20-year policy was implemented to secure the livelihood of the elderly by enforcing penalties for those who physically harm or otherwise inflict any damage to senior citizens or their properties.
The Community Affairs Minister said at this time the policy is desperately needed. “It’s something that the Cayman Islands needs very, very badly our older person’s we all know from talking to them, seeing them, hearing about them we know a lot of them are in insecure positions in places where it is really not in the best of care,” Mr. Bodden said.
Mr. Bodden said members of the civil society, the private sector and the government will make up the “Older persons Council” who will serve as the “watch-dogs” to enforce the leverage of the policy.
Minister Bodden said one priority will be to protect seniors who are taken advantage of financially by the people closest to them. Director of the Policy Coordination Unit Robert Lewis and Chairperson of the Steering Committee Deborah Webb-Sibblies joined Minister Bodden in announcing cabinet’s approval of the policy.