Senior citizens need love, care, support

One in six people experience some form of abuse, a figure predicated to rise as the world’s population ages, says Mental Health in Botswana coordinator, Charity Kennedy.

Speaking at the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day at University of Botswana Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Medical Hospital (SKTM) on Friday, she said that it was important for communities, families and the nation at large to give senior citizens love, care and support. 

“Our elderly remain our responsibility. We need to understand that the change they find themselves in having been active (and productive) before is not easy. Love, care, respect and support are crucial for them. Amongst challenges faced by elderly is the issue of financial, emotional abuse and social isolation,” she said. 

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