A health consultancy and assistance centre for senior citizens was opened in Hanoi on March 31 by the Vietnam Elderly Association.
The centre in Vinh Phuc Street is to help the elderly with health care issues such as the correct use of medicines, prevention of diseases, and advice on nutrition and exercise to boost their health and aid longevity.
The centre also provides the aged with advice on reliable clinics and hospitals for specialised treatment.
Tran Thi Dung, director of the centre, said the centre aims at increasing awareness of elderly people’s health issues, as well as taking advantage of older people who can help the centre in its work.
The centre will build a model to help senior citizens live happily, healthily and helpfully, he said.
This year, the centre will concentrate on propagating the benefits of using correct medication, a health regimen and exercise, and conduct a survey of elderly people’s needs and demands.
Dung said the centre furthermore plans to work with associations in all localities to establish health clubs for the elderly. Together, they will set up a network of collaborators to provide the aged with professional assistance in their homes.
According to a survey conducted by the centre, 67% of elderly people have a need for consultations at a specialised health care centre and 50% need to have consultations and health checks at home.