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HMC launches new elderly care website

Tribune News Network
Doha
In recognition of the International Day of Older Persons, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has launched a new website with practical healthy ageing and care service information for elderly people.
The microsite, which can be accessed through the homepage of HMC’s website (hamad.qa), is the first resource of its kind in the country and is intended to be a trusted source for up-to-date information and advice on health and ageing.
According to Dr Hanadi Al Hamad, national lead for Healthy Ageing and medical director of Rumailah Hospital and Qatar Rehabilitation Institute (QRI), the need for medical services for elderly patients has grown alongside the need to promote preventative measures to support healthy ageing.
“Our elderly citizens are a growing, valuable and vibrant resource in our community; the National Health Strategy (2018 – 2022) therefore includes a focus on healthy ageing that aims to improve health by creating the right conditions for older people to increase their active life years, stay well and live at home wherever possible,” said Dr Hamad. “This website is an important contribution to HMC’s comprehensive plan for enhancing care for the elderly. It includes healthcare education and information about geriatric service expansions that have been designed to support our elderly citizens,” added Dr Hamad.
According to the UN, the global number of persons aged 65 or above in 2019 was 703 million. This number is projected to more than double over the next three decades, reaching more than 1.5 billion persons in 2050. The year 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP), which is observed each year on October 1.
“People age differently depending on their genetic makeup and lifestyle. While we cannot change our genes, we can all make certain lifestyle changes that will influence the state of our health and wellbeing as we age,” Dr Hamad added.
HMC’s Geriatric and Long-Term Care Department, which provides a range of inpatient and outpatient services and specialties across multiple sites and hospitals, has added several new clinics this year. The new Falls Prevention Clinic at QRI and the Geriatric-Dermatology Virtual Clinic are part of the expansion of services to provide enhanced care to vulnerable population groups.
Dr Essa Mubarak Al Sulaiti, deputy national lead for Healthy Ageing and medical director of Home Health Care Services, said: “As our population continues to age, we remain committed to providing services and resources that improve the wellbeing and quality of life of our elderly. As geriatricians, we need to take every aspect of the patient’s life into account, including culture and tradition, which affects lifestyle habits. That is why we established multidisciplinary teams that have specialised training in geriatric medicine, and these teams are responsible for developing individualised care plans tailored to the patient’s needs,” said Dr Sultaiti.

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