The health, spirits and morale of the elderly in the current COVID-19 crisis needs distinct attention. Most countries have issued advisories that elders above the age of 60 or 65 should just stay indoors.
Since Spain eased confinement measures, the residents have been able to socialise with each other and receive visitors, but cannot yet mix with their friends at the recently-reopened day centre.
"It was astonishing to experience the young Emiratis’ care for the elderly in their families. I was surprised to see that care homes for the elderly were not at all popular in this country as Emiratis take care of old people at their own homes very well," Dr Jummani, who has been living in the UAE for the past five years, told WAM.
Kholoud Abdullah Al Ali, Director of the Home Care Department, said that the mobile clinics, which has three units: medical unit, physiotherapy unit and dental unit, reach the elderly, bed-ridden and the disabled at their homes.
Aziz Abdul Alim, a resident of Booni village, tested positive for coronavirus a couple of weeks ago, following which he was admitted to the Aga Khan Health Services Emergency Response Centre where he received the treatment for the disease.
This is Feridia Rojas, 82, who decided to build and wear mobile housing to shield herself from the virus that is particularly deadly to seniors in a country where personal protective equipment is not sold at stores.
Every winter, Lorina Sthapit and her cousins would warm their feet in woollen socks freshly knitted by their grandmother.
People over 60 have thus far been excluded from Russia’s national inoculation programme, as the shot was tested on this age group separately.