Brain storm about health care needs elderly citizens

POSTED: 05/14/12 12:41 PM

St. Maarten – Are health care workers in St. Maarten adequately trained to address the rights and specific needs of older people? That was the central question during a recent brainstorming session the Public Health Ministry’s section general health held together with the St. Maarten Medical Center, the Nurses Association and the White and Yellow Cross Foundation.

Minister Cornelius De Weever said that it was good to hear first-hand about the experiences from those in the field that actually deal with the elderly.

The session was part of a series of activities to commemorate World Health Day – themed  Good health adds life to year. Participants addressed the involvement of aging citizens in the community and the training level of health care workers for dealing with the rights and specific needs of older people.

“Many of us do not know the reality of the way some of our elderly live, whether it’s the living conditions, family relationships or the lack thereof. By synchronizing our efforts with all stakeholders I believe we can better serve our elderly,” Minister De Weever said.

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