The elderly of the Libertador municipality now have a new legal framework that ensures their protection, their care, the exercise of their rights, duties, human dignity and autonomy.
This is the Ordinance for Comprehensive Care and Protection of Older Adults that was approved by the Municipal Council of Caracas and its purpose is to improve their quality of life through the formulation and execution of comprehensive social security public policies that generate the creation of conditions and opportunities for them to have a full and dignified life.
Councilor Armando Graterol explained that the legislation regulates municipal public policies and stressed that many of them were already being implemented, such as the delivery by the mayor of comprehensive technical aid kits, which is now considered a right of grandparents. .
The action was established in article six, which states that the Municipal Institute of Attention to Adults and Older Adults will provide a team of technical aids to the parish coordinators, in order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of comprehensive protection of the rights of the elderly in the spaces of their communities in the Libertador municipality.
Another novelty of the ordinance is that they will establish strategies to generate economic incentives for the elderly to promote socio-productive, artisanal, agricultural, livestock, technological, educational entrepreneurship, among other activities.
The Mayor's Office of Caracas will also be in charge of facilitating financing mechanisms for entrepreneurial projects through financial institutions of the municipality and with the national public bank. For this, the credit conditions of the elderly will be generated.
The president of the Municipal Council, Jimmy Gudiño, reiterated that the legal document is concatenated with the one promulgated last year for the creation of the Municipal Institute of Attention to Adults and Older Adults. Likewise, he referred to the different actions that the mayor's office has been carrying out for the well-being of grandparents, such as the gradual construction of houses for the elderly in the different parishes.
“This ordinance vindicates our ancestors, the elderly, who are the ones who have been training the new generations,” he commented.
The ordinance indicates that the authorities of the Libertador municipality, through the Institute for the Elderly, must update the demographic, socioeconomic registry and their immediate needs of the elderly in the jurisdiction.
They urge to adapt the urban facilities based on the needs of the grandparents. In addition to promoting dissemination campaigns and measures in the field of education, urban courtesy, technology management and technological literacy to offer this support to the elderly.
In its article 10, the new legal norm establishes that discriminatory treatment of people over 60 years of age in workplaces, whether public or private, health or hospital, banking, shops and public transport, will not be allowed.
The ordinance also specifies that grandparents have the right to choose the place of residence, where and with whom to live, without conditioning obligations of any kind.
Councilman Armando Graterol highlighted that they are carrying out a census of the grandparents of the Libertador municipality who have been affected by the economic war and those who are alone in their homes to determine the most vulnerable who need to be benefited with an alert button.
The special device will be designed so that older adults can quickly contact an emergency service.
The device will be placed on the wrist or hung around the neck, making it possible to efficiently send a call to the security forces.
The red button will be assigned to grandparents who live alone and it is verified that they do not have relatives in the third degree of consanguinity or second degree of affinity to whom they can go for their care or attention; or for those who live in total independence and physical and mental capacity.