8.2 thousand citizens benefited from it in stimulating their mental and motor energies

5 programs that contribute to the health and psychological stability of the elderly

  • The Ministry implemented a package of workshops and initiatives for senior citizens.

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  • Alia Al-Joker: “The Ministry is committed annually to organizing training courses for caregivers of senior citizens.”


The Director of the Family Development Department at the Ministry of Community Development, Alia Al-Joker, confirmed that the ministry stimulates the energies of senior citizens mentally and physically with five sustainable programs, noting that the number of participants in its programs last year reached 8241 elderly people.

And «Emirates Today» recently published statistical reports, indicating that there is a high percentage of the elderly who lead their lives normally, and enjoy good health, even though they are over 80 years old.

Al Joker said that the Ministry organizes throughout the year a range of social, health, technical and recreational activities, aiming to stimulate the mental, cognitive and physical state of senior citizens, and contribute to their social integration.

And she added that the elderly need to participate in easy, direct and attractive activities, to encourage them to participate in them.

According to Al-Joker, the “Barakat Al-Dar” program is based on organizing meetings to be held in neighborhood councils, in which senior citizens are given the opportunity to transfer their experiences to the younger generations through direct communication with them.

As for the “60 Tech” program, it focuses on organizing training workshops targeting senior citizens, and is concerned with educating them on safe ways to use technical and home devices, with the aim of establishing a culture of self-reliance in meeting daily needs.

The “Youth 50” program proactively paves the way for the stage before joining the elderly category, as it targets retirees in the age group at the age of 50 or those who are about to retire.

She explained that the program works to educate them on the right ways to adapt to the transitional period, by monitoring and evaluating their talents and helping them invest them in pursuing an active lifestyle that responds positively to the life changes associated with retirement.

The "Beyond You Youth" program includes competitions and popular games organized in sports clubs and social development centers (customer happiness centers) to entertain senior citizens in a competitive heritage atmosphere that stimulates thinking and motor activity.

The "Prevention" program includes a series of awareness programs on methods of health and psychological care and public morals in dealing with senior citizens within the family, as well as training the elderly themselves on methods of proper care for themselves.

Al-Joker considered that the Ministry's keenness to rehabilitate caregivers for senior citizens contributes to supporting efforts to maintain the stability of their health and psychological conditions.

She added that the Ministry is committed annually to organizing a set of training courses for children's caregivers, as well as those in charge of caring for senior citizens, with the aim of ensuring their knowledge of the correct methods of care and protection for them inside the home.

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