Cuba for an Active and Satisfactory Longevity

Havana, Oct 1.- Cuba celebrates the International Day of Older Persons with a number of strategies to ensure active and satisfactory longevity of its population. The humanistic approach to society and individualized attention provided to the groups in need, continues today on the agenda of the authorities of the island.

The policies implemented since 1959 allowed an increase in the rate of life expectancy.

Taking into account the biological, psychological and social needs, the Cuban Ministry of Public Health runs an action plan to improve the quality of life of the elderly.

This program together with the development of disciplines such as Geriatrics and Gerontology, is backed by the program of the doctor and nurse in the family, key players in primary care in the Caribbean nation.

Other facets of the plan, is to conceive the projection of the elderly as a change agent in the community; and encourage them to participate in social life.

One of the most important results of the work done with this segment in Cuba are University Chairs of Older, entities of the Ministry of Education.

International organizations assert that Cuba is in a unique situation in the region, while highlighting the human and material resources that the State made available to the entire population, in particular in the sector.

Ensure that all projects implemented with the elderly, with excellent results are the starting point to continue, as these stimulate recreation, motor activity and psychic foster social integration to compensate for the inevitable losses in their lifetime.

All efforts being made in the country with the elderly aim at achieving a high quality of life. (Prensa Latina)

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