No second-degree children or relatives

75% of the "only" senior citizens of Dubai are women

The Community Development Authority in Dubai confirmed to "Emirates Today" that women represent approximately 75% of the number of senior citizens registered with it who live alone in Dubai.

The data indicated an increase in the number of senior citizens registered in the "Waleef" home care program, which is designed to serve single-minded citizens, during the current year, to 40, compared to 33 last year.

Regarding the number of senior citizens that the authority was able to reunite with their families this year, the Director of the Senior Citizens Department at the authority, Maryam Al Hammadi, confirmed to "Emirates Today" that no elderly person will be integrated or reunited with his family because there are no second-degree children or relatives. .

She said that there are cases where it is difficult to reunite with her families for certain social, health or financial reasons.

Al-Hammadi pointed to the participation of a number of volunteers in providing the required daily care, to ensure the health and psychological stability of the senior citizens registered in "Waleef".

And the number of services provided by volunteers to senior citizens, including visiting them at home and talking with them, and working to find a link between the elderly and his relatives and friends and the community, as well as enhancing their perceptions of knowledge by informing them of the latest news, in addition to raising the needs of senior citizens for the responsible coordinator in the authority, And work to fill their spare time by helping them to practice the activities they desire.

She stated that the team in charge of following up the cases registered in "Waleef" organizes and follows up the implementation of programs that suit their desires, and organizes events and entertainment activities during the past years that have been replaced during this year by contacting them by phone, and teaching them to communicate and practice activities through virtual means of communication.

It is noteworthy that the authority continues to implement the care programs required to protect senior citizens who live alone, in accordance with the precautionary and preventive conditions and measures applied in the current period to limit the spread of the virus.

It also carried out home visits with the aim of making them aware, and the caregivers of the home helpers on how to apply health and preventive instructions.

The authority continues to implement welfare programs to protect senior citizens, in accordance with the conditions and precautionary measures.


The number of senior citizens registered in the “Waleef” home care program.

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