Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico on September 20th and the residents of the island remain in great need of immediate assistance. The elderly receiving long term care assistance or in need of such care are among the most vulnerable in the wake of the disaster. Many of there people have received food, water, and medical care over the last several days but unknown numbers have not. They will continue to need help for the next several weeks or months. The many more who live away from coastal areas will need to be contacted and cared for as soon as possible to keep them from further suffering and death.
Over 16% of Puerto Rico’s population are elderly, 40% of them live at or below the poverty level. A high percentage compared to elderly on the mainland suffer from poor health conditions. The last thing the older residents of Puerto Rico needed was to be struck by multiple catastrophic hurricanes. They need and fully deserve more help as soon as possible.
- Life or death as Puerto Rico’s older people go without essentials (The Guardian)
- Relief Team in Puerto Rico Brings Aid and Comfort to Elderly (NBC)
- Study confirms Puerto Rico elderly facing ‘harsh reality’