oa South African Medical Journal - What can be done for senescents



An organization should be formed to initiate and co-ordinate activities for the welfare of the aged, and to take the lead in the establishment of a special Geriatric Hospital or Unit. Such a hospital is necessary because: a) Senescents suffering from degenerative diseases are not welcome at ordinary hospitals, where in any case the personnel is not sufficiently interested or equipped to cater for their needs. (b) This hospital will provide training facilities for doctors, nurses and auxiliaries in understanding and caring for the elderly. (c) It will provide opportunities for research in the process, cause and therapeutics of degenerative diseases and senility. (d) It will provide expert advice on the placement of elderly persons according to their medical and other needs. (e) It will have facilities for periodic medical check-up and guidance of all individuals, so as to detect diseases at their very beginning, and prevent or retard the development of chronic deteriorations.(f) To counteract the loneliness and boredom to which elderly persons are prone, it will organize for visitors and residents recreations, activities for gain, therapy and social intercourse.


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