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Geneva, Oct 1 (Canadian-Media): On the observance of International Day of the Older Person on Oct 1, World Health Organisation (WHO) -- a specialized agency of the United Nations looking after international public health established in 1948, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland -- said that integrated health services must not leave older people behind, media reports said.
Highlighting the role of primary care and community health to keeping older people healthier for a long time, a new approach for WHO is called for providing health services for older people and integrating services for different conditions.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO was quoted by media as saying,"By the year 2050, 1 in 5 people in the world will be aged 60 and older. It’s our goal to ensure that all older people can obtain the health services they need, whoever they are, wherever they live."
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: Wikipedia
During a survey of 11 high-income countries in the past two years, according to reports, revealed that up to 41 percent of older adults (age ≥65 years) reported coordination problems in integrated care.
According to the recommendations of 'WHO’s new Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People' published in 2017 emphasis is laid on how health and social care providers should coordinate their services around the needs of older people through approaches such as comprehensive assessment and care plan, and to either prevent, slow or reverse declines in physical and mental capacities among older people.
Today’s health systems generally focus on the detection and treatment of individual acute diseases and not on chronic and multiple conditions at the same time experienced by older adults.
“The world’s health systems aren’t ready for older populations. Everyone at all levels of health and social care, from front-line providers through to senior leaders, has a role to play to help improve the health of older people. WHO’s new guidelines provide the evidence for primary care workers to put the comprehensive needs of older people, not just the diseases they come in to discuss, at the centre of the way they provide care,” said Dr John Beard, Director of the Department of Ageing and Life course at WHO.
"If health systems are to meet the needs of older populations, they must provide ongoing care focused on the issues that matter to older people – chronic pain, and difficulties with hearing, seeing, walking or performing daily activities,” added Beard. “This will require much better integration between care providers."
Dr John Beard: Twitter
Some countries such as Brazil, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Mauritius, The United Arab Emirates, France have reportedly made smart investments guided by WHO’s Global Strategy on Ageing and Health.
"Integrated care can help foster inclusive economic growth, improve health and wellbeing, and ensure older people have the opportunity to contribute to development, instead of being left behind," concluded Dr Beard.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)