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National Policy for Older Persons

National Council on Ageing Government of Belize Country Resources Older Persons General Policies, Laws, Strategies & Plans and service standards Belize 1 January 2002 Policy document health promotion, social and economic rights

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“The National Policy will ensure that the plan for older persons will not be just one of providing protection, care and residential services, but also of securing their involvement and participation in the national development process."

The Policy will "meet the challenge of a growing, healthier and more active elderly population by ensuring that they are able to meet their basic human needs,
• Provide assistance and protection from abuse and violence…
• Enhance the self-reliance and functional independence…
• Provide older persons with protection and care physically and mentally…
• Guarantee proper resource allocation for the social and economic welfare of older persons....
• Encourage formal and informal services for older persons…
• Devise strategies and programmes to promote positive images…
• Promote the concept of “individual responsibility”…
• Adopt legal measures to promote the welfare of older persons.”

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