International Workshop on Respect for the Elderly Week from MTU
A Social and Individual Assessment Workshop on Aging and Aging Processes After Covid-19 was held by Malatya Turgut Özal University (MTÜ) for the Respect for the Elderly Week. The international workshop program was held with the participation of academicians, businessmen and students from Japan, Austria, England and many other countries.
“It Is Our Duty To Be With Our Elders Who Lead Us With Their Exemplary Behaviors.”
Stating that Malatya Turgut Özal University is a young and dynamic university established with the mission of raising conscious young people who work and produce for their homeland, Rector Prof. Dr. Aysun Bay Karabulut said, “It is our duty to be the supporters of our elders, who carry the past to the present, guide us with exemplary behavior, work for most of their lives and provide useful services to society and humanity. As we understand from the words of Mevlana Celalettin-i Rumi, “I was immature, I Was Burned, I was mature”, we should give all kinds of support to our elders who have unlimited contributions in reaching today, reminding them that they are indispensable values of our society with their feelings, thoughts and experiences, and show them the attention and respect they deserve. “.
Stating that the Covid_19 epidemic greatly affected the lives of the elderly and the measures taken were effective, Prof. Dr. Karabulut said, “We continue to see its impact in every aspect of our lives. Covid_19 affected all sectors in the world, especially education, economy, health, agriculture, tourism and food sectors. Our elders, who constitute the building blocks of the bridge to be built between the present and the future, and who helped us transfer our social, cultural and ethical values to future generations, were the most affected in this process.
Making an opening speech in the program, Orhan Koç, General Manager of Services for the Disabled and the Elderly, said, “We care about these events held on the occasion of the week of the Elderly, 18-24 March. Many universities, many non-governmental organizations organize activities. Today, we will discuss in the workshop what we will do about old age, aging society, before the pandemic, during the pandemic period and after the pandemic. Countries are getting old. As in the rest of the world, one in 10 people in our country is old and this aging progresses rapidly. Our country can reach the aging process, which France and many western countries have reached in 120 years, in 30 years with rapid aging. This shows that we need to act much faster with all our stakeholders. In short, all segments of the society, such as local governments, central governments, universities, and non-governmental organizations, should address what they will do regarding the rapid aging of the society in a strategy. “
Speaking on Future Risks to Support Elderly People after the Covid-19 Pandemic Epidemic in German-Speaking Countries, Prof. Dr. Bernd Seerberger said, “According to the 2020 Nursing Care Report, the elderly are one of the most vulnerable and most damaged groups of the pandemic. During the pandemic, the location of our elderly people who experienced significant problems such as the loss of loved ones, loneliness, post-traumatic stress disorder, and meeting their needs for daily life activities emerged as an important intervention area. Difficulties such as the lack of number of nurses, the labor and workloads and working conditions of most of the nurses, and the resignation rates made this process much more difficult. In this respect, regulations and implementations should be made for healthcare professionals and the gerontological focus should be integrated into care. “,
Dr. Faculty Member Emre Birinci said, “According to the definition of the World Health Organization (WHO), three criteria are sought with general expressions for a disease to be a pandemic. These can be counted as being a new virus or a mutated factor, being easily passed on to humans, easily and continuously transmitted from person to person. The epidemic experienced and the measures required by it caused this problem to become more visible. Increasing loneliness and social isolation problem can cause psychological and physical health problems such as depression, anxiety, and obesity due to the prolongation of the process. Social work, as a practice-based profession, is an academic discipline that supports social change and development, social cohesion, empowerment and liberation of people. “
Lecturer Faruk Yasar Gürdal, ” In Turkey, the world’s second fastest aging country, the importance of Gerontology and historical development has been the scene of historic development. These changes have enabled our country to develop in a short time in both academic and applied fields and successfully pass an exam like a pandemic on behalf of the elderly. During the pandemic period, gerontology education not only adapted to the online system, but also gave its graduates and students crisis management skills. gerontologist who has created a major difference in the world and Turkey in the field, although the small number of experts in the field and have a new profession and create. “