The Commissioner for Elderly Persons, Dr Mary Vella, presented the Commission’s annual report to Parliamentary Secretary for Active Ageing and Persons with Disability Silvio Parnis.
In this annual report, the Commission stated that throughout the year 2019, it reached out to elderly persons to raise more awareness about topics which affect them directly, it ensured that the rights for elderly persons were being protected and it made sure that standards which guarantee the application of such rights by all agencies, departments and entities concerned were set up.
The Office of the Commissioner for Elderly Persons has received a number of requests from elderly persons, relatives and also tutors, asking for advice or guidance on issues relating to older persons and has also received a number of complaints from or on behalf of older persons. Each case was meticulously looked into and when necessary, that particular complaint was directed to the relevant entity which has the capacity to look into and resolve that particular issue.
Of great significance during the past year was the signing of the MOU with SCSA where the parties agreed to co-operate in the field of social welfare services, particularly through the exchange of information acquired in the course of carrying out duties entrusted by law with the aim of protecting and promoting the rights and best interests of elderly persons.
Parliamentary Secretary for Active Ageing and Persons with Disability, Silvio Parnis, said that the elderly sector is a priority for this Government. The Parliamentary Secretary assured the Commissioner that the Parliamentary Secretariat will continue working hand in hand with the Commission for Elderly Persons in order to further improve the quality of life of the elderly and to further enhance the services offered to them.
Dr Mary Vella said that her main role is to ensure that elderly persons can live comfortably and with dignity. The Commission serves as a platform which ensures that an elderly person reaches his or her full potential and lives with the rest of society without being discriminated against on the basis of his or her age, Dr Vella said.
The full report of the Commission of Elderly Persons can be accessed here: