One of the purposes of this conference was to exchange experiences and the discussion
of a series of actions regarding education, health, recreation, community and public planning,
thus resulting in strategies and plans to develop methodologies for improving the quality of
life for older adults.
During these days we have enriched ourselves by the innovative programs, which are having
a positive effect on the elderly. Specifically in Venezuela, U.S.A., Puerto Rico, Brasil and
Program of Physical Education and Health of Municipality of Nu–oa and Universidad Metropolitana
We have corroborated the value of our elders, we have confirmed that they are a fountain
of wisdom and a faithful testimony of our most precious traditions.
Which are the challenges and projections that we envision from here?
3.1. The need to create a new stage for older adults; this will require a societal effort,
particularly in areas of Education, Health, Recreation, Community and Public Policy,
that allows us to provide dignity and value to the Older Adult in our society.
Education is an ever evolving process that serves to guide us in our personal
and professional life goals. This takes on greater meaning as we mature into our golden age
years because the responsibility of our educational development fall into our own hands.
The majority of programs of assistance, should emphasize education.
This implies fundamentally:
a) The designing of educational policies and implementation of coherent programs
regarding the challenge to Learn to Age and to cultivate the inter-generational relationship
b) The designing of educational policies and implementation of coherent programs
regarding the educational needs of the Older Adults of America.
Starting from an integral concept of health (which signifies quality of spiritual life,
physical, mental, social and economic well being) it was proposed:
a) Preventive programs that emphasise the search for healthy life styles.
This implies the implementation of health promotion since the beginning of life.
b) An interdisciplinary professional occupation based in the modern concept of health.
c) Programs that promote the older person's health care in their home and the community,
oriented toward the development of their autonomy, as well as, in relation to their functional
health; in other words, vision care, hearing, hands, feet, mobility and mental health.
Recreation helps the Older Adult to develop her/his full potential.
One of the main issues is the use of free time. Culturally, free time has meaning and depth:
It is the creative moment. This is the time that we become more humans.
The value of free time is now a challenge.
The challenge is to create conditions where culture, arts, physical activities and
entertainment allow that the principles of independence, participation, self-realization
and dignity get concretized in every reality of the Older Person of America.
Each individual, is a being that lives his/her existence in communion with others;
his dialogic capacity help him to do and to make himself in the community.
Also, the different worlds of interaction where he participates and develops,
are meeting spaces which generate environment and opportunity to concretize his happiness,
satisfaction, self fulfillment and transcendence.
Which is our responsibility as community?
- A decisive action of the governmental instance, to economically implement the proposed
- A preventive action, identifying situations of risk.
- An educative action within the family and with the older adults in the community.
- A coordinated action between the community, the institutions of public service, and professionals.
This implies from the professional perspective the consolidation of a criteria that allows
the study, research and academic exchange between the countries of America regarding this
Thus, those findings can provide us with the background information when defining
culturally competent models, which from a macro vision of the human development, and going
through the analysis of the different levels of living and social systems, we can identify
in every area, the need of the older person's population.
Therefore, allowing us to design and to implement feasible programs which are coherent
with our cultural reality.
3.1.4. PUBLIC POLICY
The individual, in his vocation of service turns to the Polis projecting himself to his
community in a constructive manner; the challenge in this sense is for everyone of us,
in a way that our action nurture those representatives of local and national government;
the need that they observe the reality, find out, and reflect regarding the variables that
affect the development of the older persons. For them to study alternatives of solution and
to participate in a decisive way in the implementation of viable strategies; thus, we, the
inhabitants of America, can live and grow up with equity and quality.