Faro suggests the creation of a national body similar to the CPCJ to protect the elderly 

Faro already has a Commission for the Promotion of the Rights of Elderly Persons, since 2022

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The creation of an organization, with national status, similar to the Commission for the Protection of Children and Young People (CPCJ), but whose mission is “to protect the elderly”: this was the suggestion made by Rogério Bacalhau, president of the Chamber of Faro, Clara Marques Mendes, Secretary of State for Social Action and Inclusion, who was this Thursday, June 20th, in the Algarve capital to participate in the seminar “In Faro, violence is not accepted, period!”

The proposal comes from a local authority that, according to Clara Marques Mendes, is an “example” due to the Commission for the Promotion of the Rights of the Elderly, created by the Municipality in 2022.

The commission, which has already supported hundreds of people, is a local body representing elderly women, with consultative, assessment, problem analysis and solution proposal functions, aiming to prevent and eradicate situations of alleged mistreatment and/or abuse. or neglect and isolation, contributing to improving the quality of life of the municipality's elderly residents.

«In rural areas, in particular, there are many people who live isolated and what the commission does is this monitoring. It is an organization that, bringing together several skills, helps seniors to have better care and, above all, to not become easy prey for those who might mistreat or defraud them", highlighted the president of Faro to journalists, admitting that the pandemic was one of the levers of this project, whose participants met for the first time in Last November.

Still, Rogério Bacalhau believes and highlights that the great advantage of the CPCJ is that «they do monitoring work, mediate with families in order to improve situations, but then, when things don't work, they have the Court and the Ministry Public that helps and gives some strength to the Commission».


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«The CPCJ works on the basis of mediation, but then has a force behind it that, if it cannot reach an agreement, can impose certain rules. And this is something that, somehow, is also missing in this issue of the elderly, where children and family members often treat people badly, leaving them with their pension and the person becomes ill. There needs to be an authority here that, in some way, forces this not to happen,” he reiterated.

In view of this suggestion, Clara Marques Mendes admits that this could be a work that will enter into the reflection that is being carried out around the elderly within the scope of the creation of the Statute of the Elderly.

«We have an essential concern, which is to look at the challenge that demography poses to us as people live increasingly well, even later, but they have to live with dignity, with quality and with well-being. And everything we have to do to guarantee this, we must do», stressed the Secretary of State for Social Action and Inclusion to journalists.


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Clara Marques Mendes also highlighted that it is a concern of this government «to provide conditions for the elderly, firstly, to remain in their home, with adequate support» and «an informal caregiver status that effectively allows there to be more and more people to have this possibility of being caregivers».

«We can never accept situations in which, for example, an elderly person stays in a hospital because they have nowhere to go. Although he no longer needs healthcare, he has no support, no one to pick him up. We have to be at the forefront of the solution and protect [the elderly], because this is a form of violence", said Clara Marques Mendes.

There is still no deadline set for the creation of this Statute, but the Secretary of State for Inclusion admitted to journalists that this “will not be a work that we want, at least at this stage, to take too long”.

«We would then like to have the opportunity to put it up for public consideration and that will also take some time. Therefore, the preliminary project will not take long, but I don't know exactly how long, because, naturally, it is work that requires reflection, maturation and listening to some entities and some experts", he concluded.


Photos: Beatriz Bento | Sul Informação



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