October 1st was chosen in 1990 by the UN as the International Day of Older Persons, with the aim of raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly, such as senescence and elder abuse. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.
Our country is one of the oldest in Latin America. The magnitude reached in this order and the speed with which the population pyramid has been transformed in Cuba, constitutes a concern for the future years.
Here, since 1959, a very serious work was carried out from the social, legislative and medical assistance point of view, which will guarantee health and social assistance for the elderly and the enjoyment of an old age with optimum quality of life. Proof of this commitment has come in the form of the Covid-19.
In these times of pandemic, where the elderly figure as one of the most vulnerable population groups to develop a serious disease, the protection to them was not long in coming.
An elderly person refers:
“We were served at home everything we need: bread, food, basic necessities. We felt protected, we were not allowed to leave the house. They bought our groceries at the store and brought them to each house. In our CDR there were three messengers to bring everything to the house. And during the 3 months and 10 days I was in my house I didn’t miss anything. Those of us who were still working were sent home with full wages…”
This is how the elderly are treated in times of the Covid-19, as the Cuban president said, “no one will be left defenseless, in the face of any contingency.