Costa Rica signs law that penalizes the abandonment of older adults

In the framework of the commemoration of the National Day Against Abuse, Abuse, Marginalization and Neglect Towards the Elderly and the World Day on Awareness of Abuse and Abuse in Old Age, President Alvarado signed Law 9.857 that Penalizes Abandonment of the Elderly.

This tool establishes prison terms for abandonment and negligence to the detriment of older adults, ranging from one month to ten years in prison, depending on the state of social, economic and health affectation suffered by the abandoned person.

“The Alvarado Quesada Administration continues to strengthen proactive actions that offer a better quality of life to older adults, a population that has historically been very vulnerable. With the signing of this Law we settle a historical debt with this population, ”said Carlos Alvarado, President of the Republic.

Likewise, the law indicates that the penalty would be 6 to 10 years in prison when abandonment leads to the death of the elderly person; between 3 and 6 years, when abandonment causes serious damage to your health; and between 6 months and 3 years, when its physical or psychological health is endangered.

It is a specific law that has the purpose of providing specific protection to the elderly population and a reality thanks to the joint effort of the ladies deputies, deputies and the Presidency of the Republic.

“Older adults are full subjects of rights who deserve dignified and respectful treatment for the enjoyment of an old age with quality of life. All these actions are of great importance in the face of the great challenge in the demographic increase of this sector of the population, ”said the Vice President of the Republic, Marvin Rodríguez.

De In a complementary way, on this date a cooperation and collaboration agreement is formalized between public institutions, private companies and social welfare organizations, which will allow the implementation of the pilot plan for the free telephone line 800-0AMAYOR (800-0262967), to the care of older adults throughout the national territory in order to comprehensively care for older adults through articulated services and respond to cases of need or indigence, situations of risk and violence, condition of abandonment or street situation . It is an alliance between CONAPAM and the company Homewatch CareGivers Costa Rica, the Carthaginian Association for Attention to Citizens in the Elderly (ASCATE) and the Association of Rehabilitation Shelter for the Indigent Senior Alcoholic, with the support of the office of the Second Vice President. of the Republic.

Likewise, communication and education actions for the older adult population and society, in the area of ​​the rights of older adults, are reinforced through an information campaign launched today, which has the support of the Yamuni Foundation, and is led by the National Council of the Elderly, the Ministry of Health, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, the Mixed Institute of Social Aid, the National Commission for Emergencies and the Institute for Municipal Development and Advice, which is complemented by other actions such as the campaign published with the support of the UN and that is being broadcast in different media in the country.

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