Photo by Saudi photographer Norah Al Amri
Saudi Arabia's Shoura Council approved a draft law for the protection of older people’s rights in the Kingdom.
The contents of the law include raising awareness around the rights of elderly people in society. Additionally, Arab News reported that the law also aims to implement a system promoting volunteer activities in elderly care and offering special facilities for them in public and commercial places, residential areas, and mosques.
In addition to that, the newly approved draft law dictates that elderly people have the right to live with their families, who in turn must respond to their needs in dignity. For instance, it is not permitted to send an elder to a shelter or care facility without their consent.
The Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development actually provides free statutory assistance to the elderly. The Kingdom’s Elderly Rights and Care System Project exempts them from paying any charges.
The Shoura Council called on the private sector to foster a healthy and enjoyable environment for older people by opening community centers and social clubs.