Muscat: The first Forum for Elderly Care in the Sultanate of Oman has recommended the issuance of a law protecting the elderly and a national strategy for aging.
The first Oman Forum for Elderly Care recommended the need to issue a law to protect the elderly and a national strategy for aging in line with economic, social, cultural and health changes.
The forum called for the enactment of legislation allowing the establishment of private institutions and bodies concerned with caring for the elderly, whether inside or outside the family, facilitating the establishment of clubs and associations that serve this category of citizens, and encouraging the establishment of centers for specific short or long-term care.
The forum stressed the importance of supporting civil associations that are based on caring for and serving the elderly with financial or in-kind facilities, and taking care of the observations made by these associations to enhance their role towards providing the best services for this group.
The forum recommended the importance of taking into account the needs of the elderly when designing and planning smart cities and public facilities, and devising an advanced comprehensive health programme that provides health care for aging diseases.
The first Oman Forum for Elderly Care, which was organised by Oyoun digital newspaper and platform and in cooperation with the Ihsan Association, aims to spread community awareness on, the health, physical and psychological importance of the elderly, and to enhance their status in society including providing the necessary care.