World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Ibadan, Nigeria, 2015

Children join in campaign to tackle elder abuse

Growing up in Nigeria in the 60s the idea of “elder abuse” was inconceivable.  But times change and in the hustle bustle of our fast developing nation some of our old folk are being left behind, neglected and ill-treated. This is a 21st century reality that needs to be addressed in Nigeria and throughout the world.

Primary School children put on a show

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day happens each year on 15 June. To commemorate the day in 2015 Rossetti Care in association with Dementia Care Society of Nigeria and Dementia Nigeria teamed up with the local primary school to remind the young as the importance of their elders in a way that was both educational and fun for young and old alike.

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The school children put on a show for the residents which we all enjoyed. After a short refreshment break we had discussions led by residents followed by prayers.

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Our residents were thankful that they have relatives who love and care for them and visit them often. The schoolchildren praised that they had grandparents who love and care for them too. All the children agreed that they must never forget their grandparents and parents and will continue to respect them as they grow older and lead busier lives.

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The School Principal had to break up the fun as an arithmetic lesson was about to start. The schoolchildren left reluctantly and promised to visit their old neighbours at Rossetti Care frequently.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was established by the United Nations, following representations the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. The campaign is about all of us working together to bring greater recognition of the mistreatment of older adults wherever they live throughout the world and to highlight the need for appropriate action. It is intended to give abuse and neglect of older adults a global relevance that will sustain and move prevention efforts forward now and in years to come.

 

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