As part of the FAR's "Supporting the Development of Geriatrics in Armenia and Artsakh" program, a groundbreaking three-day practical course on geriatrics and gerontology care recently took place in Vanadzor, Lori region.
Organized in collaboration with the Armenian Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (AAGG), the training brought together nurses from various healthcare facilities to raise awareness and enhance their skills in providing care for the elderly.
“The course is designed to provide a holistic learning experience. Going beyond theoretical knowledge, the curriculum includes engaging practical exercises and interactive games. The primary goal is to deepen nurses' understanding of the needs of elderly patients, empowering them to deliver personalized and compassionate care,” said Lilit Muradyan, the Trainer and Vice-President of the Association of Healthcare and Assistance to Older People.
Covering a wide range of topics, such as healthy aging, geriatric syndromes, addressing elder violence and discrimination, dementia care, preventive measures, and socio-psychological aspects, the course provided a comprehensive opportunity to enhance skills and knowledge in elderly care.
"Participating in this course has been truly eye-opening. We've acquired valuable insights and now possess a clearer understanding of areas that require greater attention in providing care. This experience will undoubtedly make me a more attentive and compassionate caregiver," shared Anush Varosyan, a dedicated nurse at Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH) emphasizing the significance of gaining a deeper understanding of the elderly patients' needs at VAOH, and enabling her to deliver personalized and compassionate care to them.
The training was sponsored by “HoVeKim Foundation. FAR has also furnished the Center for Elderly Health and Care and trained specialists working in similar centers in Artsakh.