By Maya M. Padillo
About 400 doctors and nurses from Mindanao are attending the forthcoming convention dubbed “Lo La Land Navigating the Challenges of Elderly Care” organized by the Department of Internal Medicine of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) on September 1 and 2 at The Pinnacle Hotel.
The convention also serves as the first geriatric training for doctors and nurses to keep them fit in managing elderly patients and as partners in the holistic management of the elderly patients.
SPMC Internal Medicine Chief Resident Dr. Charlie Clarion in an interview said a total of 24 medical experts from different specializations like a surgeon, internal medicine, and sub-specialty such as cardiologist and pulmonologist from Mindanao are invited as speakers. There are also speakers from Visayas and Luzon.
Clarion said there are overlaps between young adults and elderly care but one has to understand that elderly care has some special consideration because elderlies have a combination of diseases like hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, and heart failure.
“They are also frail they need assistance a caregiver or personal caregiver or family members and they are easy to develop psychiatric cases due to depression,” he said.
He said these special characteristics (diseases) need special care and special knowledge from the physician so that medical practitioners will manage the elderly patients properly.
“We call elderly care as Geriatric medicine in SPMC. We have a geriatric organization that caters to elderly patients of 60 years old. On a daily basis we cater more or less 100 geriatric patients,” he said.
Clarion added that with this training, participants will earn a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) unit that they can use for good standing in their society as well as use for the renewal of their Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) IDs.
Topics in the training include Preventive Gerontology Management of Chronic Diseases, Longevity Secrets in the Filipino Elderly, Geriatric Syndrome, Late Life Intimacy, Elder Abuse, Caregiver Burden, Nursing Hole Placement, Expanded Senior Citizens Act, Pre-Operative Assessment in the Elderly, and Bioethics: End of Life Care.