This article argues that despite the international instruments that make reference to the rights of the elderly, steps still need to be taken to ensure that both laws and enforcement policies are being created internationally and nationally to protect the elderly, especially those who need institutionalized care. For this to occur, better enforcement mechanisms must be created, primarily an international treaty specifically designed to protect the rights of the elderly. In the course of this argument, the article discusses the definition of old age, the existing international legal framework for the protection of the elderly, and examples of elder abuse. The article concludes with a discussion about what is being done and what must still be done to secure rights for the elderly.

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