Armenia is among the countries with a rapidly growing share of elderly people in its population. Around 14.4 percent of the country’s population is already over 60. The decline in childbearing and the migration of economically and reproductively active people contribute to aging in the population. Still, the main contributor to aging is prolonged life expectancy due to the achievements of modern medicine. According to the projections of the recent UNFPA expert analysis, by 2050, almost one third (31.5 %) of Armenia’s population will be over 60.
To meet the challenges of an aging population we need to develop our health system and to ensure integrated care system for older adults.
The “Association of Healthcare and Assistance to Older People” (AHAOP) is a non-governmental organization in Republic of Armenia founded in 2016 by two enthusiastic young doctors Artur Torosyan and Arno Hovhannisyan.
In November 2018 it’s sister organization was founded: Armenian Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (AAGG), which focuses on the development of Geriatrics and Gerontology in Armenia. We are dedicated to preserving elderly’s dignity and sense of self as they deal with the challenges they face with growing older.
Our misson is to improve the quality of life for elderly in Armenia and to enhance aging with dignity and independence.
Elderly in Armenia:
- are living a worthwhile and meaningful life,
- have access to Geriatric and Gerontological quality services,
- stay in labor market as long as they can.
We aim at developing geriatric and gerontological services, promoting the recognition and formation of the disciplines of geriatric medicine and gerontology as independent specialties in Armenia, support prevention efforts to enable elderly to remain active, independent and involved in their community, facilitating social engagement, promoting the development of integrated care system.
OUR FOCUS AREAS
We operate in three main fields: healthcare, social and continuing education of physicians, nurses, caregivers and family members of older person.
Armenian Association of Healthcare and Assistance to Older People is a member of European Geriatric Medicine Society (EuGMS) since 2019 and we are proud of it!
LET’S ADD LIFE TO YEARS, NOT SIMPLY YEARS TO LIFE
ARTUR TOROSYAN, MD
Founder and President