Under the theme ‘Shyabna Azoutna’, the Ministry of Health (MOH) represented by the Elderly Care and Community Care of the department of Primary Health Care Services organized an event on Friday to mark the International Day of Older Persons under the auspices of H.H. Sayyida Hujaija bint Jaifar Al Said at Seeb Sports Stadium.
The event was organized collaboratively with number of parent care relevant voluntary teams along with students’ societies of the Sultanate’s Universities and colleges.
The day aimed at promoting the engagement of family and community in elderly care as well as the enhancing and stimulating the active role of the elderly to have an effective productive role in various fields. It further aimed at raising awareness about the importance of healthy life-style to reduce premature aging and its complications in society through cooperation with the different concerned authorities to provide care, support, and services for elderly in the Sultanate to meet the requirements of this growing category in the community.
The event included number of sport activities presented by group of therapists, in addition to allocating a special corner to display the services provided by the primary health care institutions such as community health nursing, and elderly care. It also included a corner for handicraft and another for Omani kitchen offered by the participating female elderlies, which benefit the older women to promote their role as an effective and productive part in community.
It is worth to mention that the celebration of this occasion comes in response to United Nations recommendations for sustainable development in the area of care for the elderly to raise awareness of the problems facing older persons such as aging and abuse of older persons. It is also designated to celebrate elderly achievements in the society as it was approved in 1990 to be observed on the 1 October of every year.