by MICHAEL JOSEPH DINO | Valenzuela, Philippines
Goal: Develop framework for Telehealth Gerontology in developing countries
Population aging, a disproportion of children against an inflated senescent population aging 60 years and above (World Health Organization, 2002), is undoubtedly recognized as both global (Bartlett, 1996; Ingman, Amin, Clarke & Brune, 2010) and local phenomena (Ingman et al, 2010; Ogena, 2006). This worldwide increase shall continue to rise in the near future (Milligan, Roberts & Mort, 2011; Cresci, Yarandi & Morrell, 2010) especially in developing countries (WHO, 2002;l Ogena, 2006). As elderly population increases, the need for quality elderly-directed healthcare also rises. Measures that help the elderly remain healthy and active is a necessity (WHO, 2002) and an important issue of the 21st century (Boulton-Lewis & Gillian, 2010; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 2011). Previous studies reported declining numbers of family members, who show willingness to provide informal care-giving and those available to undertake paid work (Milligan, 2009). Urbanization leading young people to cities and women entering formal workforce (WHO, 2002) resulted to fewer people available to care for the elderly. Thus, elderly empowerment in the context of functional independence and quality of life among senior citizens is seen as favorable solution for sustainable elderly living.