On the 1st of October, the United Arab Emirates and the countries of the world will celebrate the International Day of Older Persons, which was approved by the United Nations General Assembly in 1990.
The celebration aims to increase awareness of the special needs of the elderly … The International Day of Older Persons this year 2020 will shed light on the role of the health care workforce in contributing to the health of the elderly. United Arab Emirates senior citizens pay great attention by enacting laws that guarantee their legitimate rights and launching initiatives that aim to provide all services that suit their social, psychological and physical needs and that enable them to live a decent life as they are an integral part of the components of the family and society.
In 2019, the government approved a draft federal law to guarantee the rights of senior citizens in the country, and it aims to ensure that adult citizens enjoy the basic rights and freedoms guaranteed by the constitution, including the provision of care and psychological, social and health stability for them.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention launched a set of initiatives that aim to support health care for senior citizens in the UAE, most notably the expansion of health and medical care programs in addition to a number of medical programs, home care and mobile health clinic services equipped with the best necessary medical equipment, and includes all cities of the country.
The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, “SEHA”, attaches great importance to senior citizens and provides them with many services, the most prominent of which is conducting a survey to detect the new Corona virus (Covid 19 /) for free, a home scanning service, medicine delivery to the home, medical advice service over the phone, home care services and others Health services that alleviate the suffering of senior citizens and facilitate their access to the medical care they need .. In addition, the external therapeutic services launched a home delivery service under the slogan “We connect you … do not paralyze them” and target senior citizens and patients of the chronic diseases clinic in order to ensure that Their safety and reduce the possibility of their infection, and the doctor communicates with them by phone, provides medical advice to them, and then delivers the medicine directly to their homes.
Dr. Maryam Matar, President of the Sheikh Zayed Center for Genetic Research, stressed the importance of caring for senior citizens, relieving them, integrating them into the society in which they live, and curbing the social and psychological changes they are going through.
She stressed the center’s keenness to include genetic surveys and examinations carried out for the most prevalent diseases in the UAE, including blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease, senior citizens.
She said that the presence of senior citizens is the wealth of any scientific research that deals with the science of above genes, the effect of genetic mutations and their motivation and their relationship to any of the external factors that generations can pass through, and through them a clearer perception of how these environmental changes and their impact on genes and mutations will occur, which will help to set clear rules with tools. Prevention and ensuring raising the quality of health for future generations.
For his part, 77-year-old Abdul Rahman Ali Musabbah Bunas Al-Rumaithi thanked the wise leadership that cared for all members of the Emirati society in general and senior citizens in particular, and provided them with a decent and happy life.
We, senior citizens, have watched and patiently educated our children properly, served our families, our society and our precious emirates, which did not fail to provide everything we need, but at the same time, children must provide for the health, psychological and social needs of their parents, provide care and care, take care of them, respect and respect them.
He added, whatever we do, we will not fulfill our wise leadership its right, as it has provided and is still providing us with its generosity and existence, all that brings happiness to our souls, as well as providing us with all the attention and psychological, health and social care in addition to providing various types of assistance to us.
According to the law, the term senior citizens applies to everyone who holds the nationality of the UAE and has reached the age of sixty, and the law aims to ensure that senior citizens enjoy the basic rights and freedoms guaranteed by the constitution, information and services related to their rights, and provide them with care, psychological, social and health stability.
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