Crimes against children may have held the spotlight within
recent months, but abuse of the elderly is also rampant
in the society, chairman of the T&T Coalition Against
Domestic Violence Diana Mahabir-Wyatt has said.
She made the statement during a discourse hosted by Patriot
Citizens of T&T at the University of the West Indies
in St Augustine on Thursday night.
Patriot Citizens of T&T is a non-governmental organisation
which seeks to empower the grassroot community. It also
speaks out against issues that are affecting average citizens.
Thursdays meeting, which was attended by members of
civil society organisations, dealt specifically with the
A leading authority on abuse against women and children,
Mahabir-Wyatt told a small audience that a report, entitled
Stop Elderly Abuse Now, was produced during the coalitions
annual general meeting on Wednesday.
you could have read that report you would cry, she
abuse of elderly people in this country is something that
is not very well-known.
Alluding to segments of the report, Mahabir-Wyatt related
an incident in which an elderly woman was put to live underneath
her familys house in the countryside.
She said police and social workers went to the house to
talk to the family and the woman was subsequently removed
and placed in the care of a senior citizens home.
they (coalition) checked up two weeks later, she was removed
from the home for the elderly and no one could find out
where she was, Mahabir-Wyatt said.
Mahabir-Wyatt, a former independent senator, said there
were no legislative standards governing homes for the elderly.
could set up a home for the elderly without a licence.
had been passed and regulations have been drafted, but for
some reason or the other it has not been able to get through.
Mahabir-Wyatt said in one home there were twice as many
elderly people as there were beds.
In addition, she said at one particular home many of them
were being fed on a sub-standard diet of bread and jam,
at least three times a day.
are no laws to regulate this, she said, adding that
the meal did not augur well for elderly people with lifestyle
diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.