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Submitted by:

Sanchez, Levy Anne G.


Submitted to:

Mary Angelica P. Bagaoisan , RN, MAN

In Kuwait, the total number of elderly patients all over the country is 21,954, the
total population of patients in Abdullah Al-Salem is 17,083 of which Kuwaiti geriatric
patients account for 2.4%. The problem of aging population continues to attract the
attention of the WHO. Recognizing the importance of health supervision of the elderly,
an institution for the care of the elderly was established to provide care for the relatively
lonely and destitute elderly in Kuwait. However, the scope of elderly care should be
consistent with the socio cultural, psychological and physiological imperatives. There is
therefore, a need to characterize the multiple factors that are constantly interacting
independent state of life of the elderly in the community. Understanding this will be
inevitably lead to a better program planning and consequently maximizing the utilization
of such services. Care of the elderly can be improve with a thorough work up in primary
care office. Attention to target areas of functional disability can help direct medical care
to maintain independence, as functional impairment cannot be predicted by the number
of severity of medical diagnoses. The objective of this study therefore, is to study the
factors influencing the independence in performance of the activities of daily living of the
elderly population.

The result of the study is that independence was lost when people grow old,
specifically above 85 years of age and rarely depend on themselves, as the majority
becomes immobile. Also, increasing age was associated with an increasing disability,
and loss of independence due to functional impairments such as loss of mobility, vision,
and hearing. According to this study, the age, psycho-mental and physical status has
the most tremendous effect on self-dependence for the activities of daily living among
geriatric patients. Therefore the comprehensive practice care of the elderly should aim
at keeping elderly people in their homes and an active and mobile state though
provision of well synchronized clinic and home services. Fostering a team approach for
the provision of care. And lastly recognizing the risk situations of the old who are living

alone, bed ridden, over 85, bereaved, malnourished and planning their regular follow up
and care by family practitioners with the health team.

This study will be very helpful for people or family living with an elderly, especially
here in the Philippines who has strong family ties. This study will also help those health
care providers especially live in caregivers who could have an elderly patient especially
when they will have the opportunity to work in Kuwait.