Ciao a tutti,
Wendy Jane Carriel è un'assistente sociale statunitense che ha vissuto diversi anni in America Latina per studiare la situazione degli anziani in questi Paesi.
Tempo fa è venuta anche da noi a Tachina qualche giorno come volontaria ed osservatrice.
Abbiamo gradito molto la sua presenza, la sua delicatezza, il suo servizio e il suo amore per le persone anziane.
Rientrata negli Stati Uniti ha pubblicato i risutati della sua ricerca.
Sotto uno stralcio del suo lavoro (in inglese) che riguarda direttamente anche il nostro Centro di Tachina.
Abandoned and Impoverished Elders – a Looming Crisis in Ecuador and Worldwide
One of the challenges of modern society is that the traditional sense of filial duty seems to be disappearing. Adult children are abandoning elderly parents more than they used to. According to reports, it is happening on every continent and it is happening with greater frequency as the population of elders continues to grow. It is also happening because in most families, women must now work, and there is no one left at home to take care of parents. The majority of elders do not have enough financial resources to get by on their own or to hire assistance through their senior years.
Note: There are also older adults displaced by natural disasters or war who are part of this scenario, including elder victims of the April 2016 earthquake in Esmeraldas.
What is Ecuador doing to combat this challenge? What are the possible solutions?
The Ecuadorian government MAY require adult children to pay for the care of the parents they abandon.
MIES, the Ministry of Social and Economic Inclusion (government social services), has been working on a proposal to present to parliament. If created and passed, legislation would require the government to charge a fine of $300 U.S. per month to children of older adults found on the streets with neither resources nor care. ($300/month is the average income nationwide, and about what it costs to take care of an elder in a government home).
How does the Ecuadorian government currently handle its crisis of frail older adults in need of protection? It accompanies abandoned elders to government housing or to non-profit homes usually run by nuns, or missions of brothers, around the country – Ambato, Cuenca, Esmeraldas, Ibarra, Manta, Quito, Zamora, and other locations.
The photos below were taken (before the April 2016 earthquake) at the Hogar de Ancianos Esposos Bishara, Tachina, outside Esmeraldas city in northwestern Ecuador. The non-profit home is run by a dedicated, in fact extraordinary, order of Italian Catholic brothers from the Cottolengo senior care mission based in Turin, Italy.
N.B.(per visualizzare le foto andare nei links indicati sotto le didascalie)
Brother Maurizio receiving the same lady for the third time in Esmeraldas!
Ms. High Maintenance, an abandoned senior with socio-psychiatric challenges who disappears and returns, is kindly welcomed back after police find her on the streets
Abandoned seniors of Esmeraldas on beautiful campus created for them by the Cottolengo Catholic order of Turin, Italy
Every country does what it can to alleviate the situation of abandoned and destitute elders. Ecuador seems to offer a higher quality of life in its rescue missions than many other countries.
Wendy Jane Carrel