Camagüey, Nov 16.- Advances and challenges of this Cuban province in the face of the aging of society were put under microscope at the final session of the 5th Provincial Meeting on Health Services for Senior Citizens (V Jornada Provincial de Geriatría) held in the city of Camagüey.
The meeting took place at the birth house of the 19th century Cuban scientist Carlos J Finlay and it was sponsored by the Geriatrics Provincial Group (GPG), health care providers and researchers attended the event.
Experiences within the community which have favored the quality of life of the elderly people and the use of natural and traditional medicine were shared during the closing date of the event.
Participants also discussed on issues dealing with the support of the family to their seniors which is one of the main concerns at present as well as spoke about the successes and experiences in handling the geriatric patient and in treating their emotional disturbances such as depression.
The training of specialists in Geriatrics and Gerontology and the need to make more effective the role of the senior citizens clubs and old people's homes were among the main concerns during the theoretical event.
Dr. Noris Navarro Pires, head of the GPG and coordinator of this event, highlighted that aging must be seen from a multidisciplinary approach, taking into account that in the face of the growing life expectation, it is necessary to seriously assess the medical coverage and the quality of those facilities where seniors citizens receive health care. (Alex López Almaguer/Radio Cadena Agramonte).