50 receive elderly-care training

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About 50 nursing home and public health volunteers, along with members of the general public learned how to better care for the elderly at a Pattaya workshop.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome opened the five-day workshop Feb. 23 which aimed to enhance skills in the care of the elderly. He noted that persons aged over 60 years now account for 20.9 percent of Thailand’s population and may reach 32.2 percent in 2025.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and Supaporn Cherdchaipoom, director of the Pattaya Public Health Office (both seated, center) preside over a five-day workshop which aimed to enhance skills in the care of the elderly.Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and Supaporn Cherdchaipoom, director of the Pattaya Public Health Office (both seated, center) preside over a five-day workshop which aimed to enhance skills in the care of the elderly.

Pattaya has signed an Age-Friendly Cities agreement with Nonthaburi Municipality and the Department of Health to provide support in eight core aspects of life for the elderly.

The workshop covered both theoretical and practical training, with lectures from professionals at Pattaya Hospital and Somdet Phra Yan Sangwon Hospital.

Training covered how to tend to dependent elderly, basic patient screening, proper use of medications, diet, and preventing contracted joints for bed-ridden patients.

Trainees then were given first-hand experience by participating in Pattaya’s Doctor at Home outpatient visits.