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Elderly suffer more at home, says report

Torika Tokalau
Friday, June 14, 2013

SENIOR citizens face more abuse in their homes than anywhere else.

This finding was revealed at the launch of the World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) brochure launch at the Father Law Home yesterday.

Fiji Council of Social Services/Helpage Centre Fiji executive director Mohammed Hassan Khan said since the implementation of WEAAD last year, they found that senior citizens were suffering at the hands of their loved ones.

"It is shocking to hear experiences from senior citizens themselves on the abuse that they face at home," Mr Khan said.

"Our district council of services teams have travelled all over the country teaching home care and self-care training and through this, we have had senior citizens approach us with their experiences."

He said the types of abuse vary but was common in all cultural backgrounds.

Forms of abuse were children yelling at their elderly parents, the restriction of senior citizens' movement, overloading them with care of grandchildren and even placing them in care homes.

Mr Khan said they also heard of experiences of money stolen from senior citizens by their own family members.