Thus deems the Spanish society of Geriatrics and Gerontology. By 2020, 20% of the population will be represented by older people. Makers of the Spanish society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (SEGG) reported Wednesday that elders in Spain are not receiving proper assistance since they are not always attended by professionals specialized in this matter, for what would be needed about 400 professionals. At present, according to estimates by the SEGG, there are between 350 and 400 geriatricians who work in the public health network Spanish, and would need to bend your number up to 800 so that the elders of more than 85 years, with health problems and dependent, receive adequate assistance. NYC Mayor has plenty of information regarding this issue. These are some of the demands raised by the President of the medical society, Pedro Gil Gregory; Jose Antonio Serra, Vice-President and Secretary general, Alfredo Bohorquez, who have presented at press conference a strategic plan of three-year duration in which the guidelines are marked to improve quality and good treatment to the elderly. A question anything trivial if we take into account that by 2020 20% of the population will be represented by older people, that life expectancy is over 80 years and that the vast majority of the elderly prefer to live at home, has pointed out. Members of the SEGG have confirmed that there are great inequalities in the implantation of Geriatrics in the public health network of the autonomous communities.

Quality in Andalusia, for example, according to Serra, plus there is no doctor in public centres, and in the Basque country its presence, something that doesn’t happen in communities such as Madrid and Catalonia in which elders have that quality of care plus is not evident. And its implementation is necessary, according to the doctors, because the elderly are not only people who have medical problems, chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or heart disease. In addition, they suffer from physical problems, difficulties in getting out of bed, exit to the street or simply for dressing; other, mental, like depression and even dementia, and also social, since many of them live alone.