Elderly abuse underreported
There is growing concern about the high incidence of sexual abuse of the elderly in Barbados.
According to Chairman of the National Assistance Board Cephus Sealey, the problem remains largely hidden and underreported.
Speaking at a service held yesterday at the Brittons Hill Wesleyann Holiness Church to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Sealey said it was time for authorities to pass legislation to tackle the problem.
“Some grannies refuse to eat, get up, pray for their death, commit suicide after years of abuse through drug overdose directly or mixing drugs; increasing their intake of medication due to abject social alienation; pretend being ill to secure more medication, deliberately falling and experiencing serious physical injury which goes unreported. Some even cross busy streets where the possibility of being struck is high,” he said.