Muscat: With the objective of raising awareness among youth to take care of the elderly, an initiative has been launched in Salalah on Tuesday to highlight health, social and mental issues that may face the elderly and ways to tackle them.
The team of seven students from Caledonian College of Engineering titled their initiative ‘Khareef with Company of an Elderly’.
The first of its kind initiative is being sponsored by Oman Air.
“During our stay in Salalah, we aim at implementing a set of programmes to inform school students about the needs of the elderly by visiting schools, establishing workshops for teachers and students in addition to distributing booklets to tourists at major tourist attractions in Salalah,” said Afrah Mohammed Al Mamari, head of the team of volunteers.
She added that she and her team will pay a visit to a hospital to lecture patients and employees about the common diseases that can affect the elderly and how to prevent and treat them.
“People’s sympathy with aged-care initiatives is the true test of society’s caring, and we believe that our Omani youth are coping well with the growing elderly population. However, they need to be educated on how to take care of them properly and in the right manner,” said Al Mamari.