Vuniwaqa: Stop the cowardly act of elderly abuse

Minister for Women Mereseini Vuniwaqa in Parliament. Picture: FILE/RAMA

There has been an increase in Fijians asking for their elderly to be placed in aged care facilities, says Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Minister Mereseini Vuniwaqa.

She made the comment in a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day statement issued yesterday. “We must promote the values of respect and dignity in our homes and communities,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

“We must be mindful that abuse and neglect is a cancer that will soon disintegrate the very essence of family life. “Our parents raised us as their pride and joy.

“However, we have noticed the overwhelming queries to place their elders in the aged care homes.

“I challenge each and every Fijian to stop the cowardly and irresponsible act of abuse and neglect of our elderly parents, grandparents and relatives.

“We must cultivate the moral courage and embrace greater wisdom, understanding and tolerance as we look after our elders so that they can age with dignity and respect.

“We must all work together to create a responsible, caring, and inclusive Fiji where Fijians of all ages, especially our elders, are proud to call home.”

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