National Policy for the Elderly being drafted

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Minister for Health and Social Development Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton announced Government’s plan to develop a ‘Healthy Ageing Policy’ last week in his message in observance of Senior Citizens’ Month.

The need for an ageing policy was stressed in a report from the Social Development Department that was tabled in the House of Assembly recently. The document announced that a national policy for the elderly and disabled would cover issues such as quality of life, elder abuse, access to recreation, education and health/medical and legal care, housing inclusive of institutional and community based institutional care and quality assurance.

In his message, on 2 May, Minister Skelton explained that Government’s ongoing commitment to its seniors includes work to develop the Ageing Policy, and also noted that a ‘Healthy Ageing Study’ was completed in 2013.

The Minister also mentioned that a steering committee has been tasked with recommending policies that will improve the quality of life for our seniors throughout the Virgin Islands.

“Training and capacity building for staff are also on-going as we endeavour to keep abreast of the developing trends relating to the needs of our ageing population,” Hon. Skelton added.

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