The PAHO and WHO Representative in Jamaica, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, Dr Bernadette Theodore Gandi, is calling for local legislation to ensure the human rights of elderly dementia patients are not breached.

She was delivering the keynote address at the first Caregiver Symposium, at the University of Technology in St Andrew.

Dr Theodore Gandi says the human rights of dementia patients, are often disregarded.

She says a majority of home care services are provided by relatives of patients and 66-percent of those caregivers are women.

And she says with people living longer, more will become old and frail, and in need of caregiver services.

Dr Theodore Gandi is urging caregivers to properly care for themselves.

Dr Bernadette Theodore Gandi, speaking at the first Caregiver Symposium, at the University of Technology in St Andrew.

The symposium’s theme is ‘Supporting Your Own Mental Health as a Caregiver’.