With yesterday’s (Oct 31) announcement of cabinet approving the National Older Persons’ Policy Community Affairs Minister Osbourne Bodden is adamant that young people respect a policy which they will one day depend on.
“Those young people will be old one day if they are lucky and therefore they would have a vested interest in making sure that we have something like this in place and that they play their part in making it happen and taking care of the older folk in this community and respecting them”, Mr. Bodden said.
Mr Bodden said it is important for younger people to respect the policy which addresses the needs of the elderly and said if the young are fortunate to live until old-age they too will see the benefits of a policy implemented to secure elderly involvement.
Mr. Bodden said the policy will seek to remedy elderly persons who are in insecure positions by not having access to adequate care.
Chairperson of the Steering Committee Deborah Webb-Sibblies said a big part of the policy will be the provision of food, shelter and water for senior-citizens in need and said the United Nations Principle of Older Persons, international Legislation, regional policies and reports of older persons welfare were all instrumental in creating the policy.