Seniors are an integral part of the family unit in Qatar. While the country is generally considered young, with high ratios of children and youths, citizens over the age of 65 make up about two per cent of the Qatari population.
Retirees over the age of 60 who are previously employed in government are entitled to receive a pension. Elderly citizens may also apply for assistance through the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs.
On the private, non-profit front, the Center of Empowerment and Elderly Care provides a number of health care and social services to seniors. These services are available to both citizens and residents. They include:
In addition, the foundation can also dispatch social workers to assess individual cases, and provide the necessary assistance, which may include the provision of beds and wheelchairs.
While advancements in health care have helped extend the average life expectancy in Qatar, they are by no means the only factors contributing to the overall well-being of seniors.
As members of society, seniors who actively participate in family life and community events are more likely to feel socially engaged and intellectually stimulated. The State regularly organizes events and programs to help integrate seniors into mainstream society. These include:
For more information on senior care, please contact Center of Empowerment and Care Elderly by calling 40121000 or through email: email@example.com.