Opportunity to Study Healthy Aging In Cuba: May 1-8, 2011

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Our colleagues at MEDICC passed on this announcement of a Marazul sponsored trip to study healthy aging in Cuba:

Marazul Charters, Inc.

www.marazul.com

Greetings,

Marazul Charters, in consultation with MEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba) is pleased to advise you of an exciting research opportunity in Cuba, focusing on Healthy Aging. The week-long research program is scheduled for the week of May 1 – 8, 2011. We are sending this announcement to health professionals and policy-makers dedicated to preserving and optimizing the health of older adults.  Participants will be drawn from university centers for healthy aging, gerontology departments and associations, national organizations on aging; and senior councils on active aging.

The graying of the global population is occurring rapidly, most significantly in developing countries.  According to the United Nations Population Fund, Cuba will head the list of Latin American and Caribbean countries with the most elderly population by 2025.  Citizens of Cuba are not only living healthier and longer, but they have a higher level of education than 40 years ago.  Addressing the needs of a highly educated aging population presents new challenges, requiring innovative programs.  In response, Cuba has developed a comprehensive national program for older adults – unique in the developing world.  This research experience will offer US participants the chance to observe first-hand Cuba’s low-cost working models and determine if these models have relevance in their own work settings.  Research objectives will include the following:

1.  To examine Cuba’s national programs aimed at healthy aging, including the Comprehensive Care Program for Cuban Elders, the Research Center on Longevity, Aging and Health, and the Cuban Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology.  Family doctor-nurse teams serve every community, and all policlinics have a multidisciplinary Gerontology Care Team comprised of a doctor, social worker, nurse, and psychologist.

2.  To examine Cuba’s community programs, including “Grandparents’ Circles” which engage elders in social events, Tai Chi in parks and sports activities.

3.  To examine Cuba’s Seniors University, an innovative program in which older adults play an active role in defining the aging process, and in proposing solutions to the challenges of aging.

Full time health professionals conducting research in Cuba are allowed to do so under the US Treasury Department’s general license for professional research.  Participants make arrangements directly with Marazul Charters, as we are an agency licensed to make all program and travel arrangements to/from and within Cuba (marazulhealth@gmail.com or 1 800 223-5334, ext 16.)   The cost for a one-week program including roundtrip air from Miami to Havana, Cuban visa, accommodations, meals and full research program in Cuba averages $2,200.  This is in addition to the cost of a domestic flight to Miami.  MEDICC (www.medicc.org) serves as a program consultant to Marazul, and in some cases may be able to provide partial fellowships.

If you think you may be interested in participating in this opportunity, the first step is to please email marazulhealth@gmail.com by Friday, February 11, 2011, and we will send further information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Bob Guild

Vice President

Marazul Charters, Inc.- In consultation with MEDICC

4100 Park Avenue, Weehawken, NJ 07086

800-223-5334 ext 16 / 201-319-1054 ext 16

201-319-8970 fax

marazulhealth@gmail.com

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