National Assembly Deputy Desiree Barboza took advantage of the Day of the Elder Person to highlight the precarious situation of the elderly in Venezuela.
With an income of 450,000 bolivars per month, corresponding to the pension, Venezuelan grandparents cannot buy even one kilogram of meat. The effects of hyperinflation and the economic crisis are acutely felt by this part of the population.
“The lack of supplies and the high cost of medications prevent them from complying with their treatments to control diseases such as diabetes and hypertension,” Barboza said.
According to the NGO Help Age International, Venezuela is the worst country in South America for aging.
“Our grandparents are orphans. Many in the country were left alone, because their children had to emigrate in order to work and send remittances to help them cover some expenses and survive in the midst of the complex humanitarian emergency in Venezuela,” concluded the also regional coordinator of Voluntad Popular.