Social & Health


Experts point out elderly population increase problem in Armenia
/Oct 2/ARKA/

YEREVAN – The sharp increase of the elderly population rate in Armenia by 2050 may create either employment or financial problems for ordinary people and may make it necessary to review the pension system.  
The matter was discussed Monday at a news conference dedicated to the International Day of Older Persons. 
Anna Hovhannisyan, Project Coordinator for UNFPA "Support to Implementation of Population Policies" Project, Anahit Gevorgyan, deputy chief of the Armenian labor and social affairs ministry’s division in charge of elderly and disabled persons, and Arthur Torosyan, the head of the association of care of elderly people, spoke at the press conference. 
“Already by 2018, people at the age 65 and above has made up 13% of the population,” Anna Hovhannisyan said. “According to the fund’s forecast, people elder than 63 will make up 22% of the population by 2050, and this means that every third resident of Armenia will be aged 63+, which will become a serious demographic challenge for the state.”
Besides, the fund’s studies show that the ratio of pension-age people to the able-bodied population has changed as well. In 1990, there were 11 able-bodied people aged 15 to 63 against one elderly person, while now the ratio is five to one.  
“Taking into account that the number of people elder than 65 will double, it can be said that the coefficient will shrink twice and may stand at 3:1 or event 2:1 by 2050, which gives grounds for speculations.”
Anahit Gevorgyan said that 67 persons older than 100 live in Armenia now.  
A 113-year-old woman from Yeghegnadzor village hits the record.
“Two other women, 111 and 110, live in Yerevan,” she said. “As many as 7,210 people in Armenia have already marked their 90.”
Torosyan, on his side, pointed out the necessity of using the international experience of prevention and treatment of elderly people’s diseases.
“Unfortunately there are no geriatricians in Armenia, and very often this circumstance leads to complication of their diseases,” he said. “It is necessary to open geriatricians’ rooms in policlinics, where together with doctors a social worker and a psychologist will work.”

Armenia’s young men increasingly suffering strokes

/Oct 9/JAM News/                                                                                                          Specialists say contributing factors are social issues and irregular work schedules. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of young Armenian men aged 20-30 who suffer strokes. The Armenian media has begun paying particular attention to the problem.             

Reasons                                                                                                                              The head of Armenia’s Association of Neurology, Gurgen Hovhannesyan, states that it is aggravated by social factors and irregular work schedules.

“For example, taxi drivers work up to 14-16 hours per day without extended breaks or weekends off. This also interferes with their ability to receive proper nutrition. All of this, in addition to harmful habits such as smoking, can lead to a stroke.”                                                                                                         Hovhannesyan says that immunity issues and resistance to strokes are specific to individuals. Moreover, cardiovascular issues are not properly observed and treated in Armenia: “Healthcare is not free in Armenia, and thus many avoid going to the doctor.”

Why people do not stay in hospitals after strokes                                                  Most people who suffer strokes in Armenia do not remain in hospitals. They try to leave as soon as possible due to socio-economic problem. Hovhannesyan says that hospitals approach stroke patients in a number of various ways, and there are no standards as to their treatment. Moreover, rehabilitation is costly and not everyone can afford the costs associated with a rehabilitation centre.

Head of State Migration Service: We see positive migration dynamics
/Oct 9/A1+/

According to head of the State Migration Service Armen Ghazaryan, it is necessary to take into consideration the data of the whole year in order to assess the migration dynamics.

“So far, the first and second quarters of 2018 have been worked out, the migration balance is 6646, which is very positive compared to previous years.”

According to him, this data was more than 30 thousand in the same period last year.

The number of asylum seekers in European countries has dropped significantly, says Armen Ghazaryan.

“We see positive migration dynamics.”

Three supercentenarians, ALL WOMEN, live in Armenia
/Oct 1/ArmenPress/

YEREVAN – Sixty-four centenarians and three super-centenarians live in Armenia, according to the ministry of labor and social affairs.

Ministry official Anahit Gevorgyan said that the three supercenternarians are all women: the oldest living person in Armenia is a 113-year-old woman from Yeghegnadzor. The other two supercenternarians are 111 and 110 years of age.

She said that there are 12 dare-care centers in Armenia, 5 of which are governmental and 7 are private. “1240 people live in all facilities in total,” she said.

She said that last year the number of centenarians was higher.

October 1 is annually observed in the world as International Day of Older Persons

Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan