Thirty-second session


Care of the Elderly

         The Regional Committee,

         Recalling resolution 33/52 adopted at the thirty-third session of the United Nations General Assembly, in which it was decided to organize a World Assembly on Aging in 1982, and resolution WHA32.25;

         Having considered the Regional Director's report on the present situation and the action taken in the Western Pacific Region;*

         Recognizing the potential problems of the elderly as a population group and the need to ensure that national and regional programmes for the elderly are socially and culturally relevant;

  1. URGES Member States:
    (1) to continue to support the regional activities being carried out in preparation for the 1982 World Assembly on Aging;
    (2) to promote increased awareness of the problems of the elderly through:
    (a) epidemiological, sociological and biomedical research to determine the nature, extent and magnitude of the health and related problems of the elderly;
    (b) introduction or strengthening of the teaching of geriatrics and gerontology in schools preparing all categories of health personnel;
    (3) to formulate, or revise as necessary, policies and programmes on health care of the elderly as part of their overall health plans, with emphasis on community-based services which promote self-reliance and enhance dignity;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director to support Member States in establishing programmes or strengthening existing programmes on health care of the elderly.

* WPR/RC32/14

25 September 1981

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