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Cuba Researches on The Elderly
In statements to Prensa Latina, Program Chief Mabel Diaz pointed out that some 230,228 cases have been analyzed nationwide and their needs have been met by several agencies.

The ministries of Public Health, Domestic Trade, Labor and Social Security, and Education, as well as the government, have provided material and medical aid, she explained.

In that regard, she noted that the Front has met the senior citizens' needs for ophthalmological and hearing treatments, and dental prostheses, among others.

Diaz added that the Front also takes care of the members of the Family Care System (SAF), which provides food to more than 90,000 elderly people with material or social needs at 1,436 centers throughout the country.

The social workers plan to turn those centers into institutions to provide comprehensive care to senior citizens, as many of them are in need of affection, she added.

At least 1.8 million Cubans are over 60 years of age, including 6,805 who stay at 215 elderly centers and 9,396 who reside in elderly homes in Sancti Spiritus.


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