- Luis Miguel Gutiérrez Robledo was distinguished with the “Healthy Aging 50” that is given to 50 world leaders in the field.
- He created the Geriatrics Service at the “Salvador Zubirán” National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition (INCMNSZ) and founded the National Institute of Geriatrics that he directs.
- On behalf of Mexico, the founder and general director of the Gericare center, Bárbara Diego Pérez, was also awarded.
The general director of the National Institute of Geriatrics (Inger), Luis Miguel Gutiérrez Robledo, received the “Healthy Aging 50” 2022 recognition, which is awarded to 50 world leadersin the context of the Decade of Healthy Aging (2021-2030) of the World Health Organization (WHO), for their contributions and public policy proposals on the matter.
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“Healthy Aging 50” is an initiative that has the support of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Department of Economic Affairs and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the World Economic Forum and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHO Decade of Healthy Aging establishes that this reality can be possible with the combined efforts of governments, civil society, academia, business, the media and local communities.
In an interview, the general director of Inger highlighted that “Healthy Aging 50” recognizes 50 world leaders working to improve the quality of life for older adults, their families and the communities in which they live.
He stressed that healthy aging is not about the absence of disease, but about creating environments, opportunities and policies that allow us to be and do what we value as we age.
He said that for 15 years Inger has been a WHO collaborating center with proposals to improve the quality of life from birth, with the aim that people reach old age in good health.
The general director of Inger has made outstanding contributions in favor of healthy aging, such as the creation of the Geriatrics Service at the “Salvador Zubirán” National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition (INCMNSZ), which he led for 20 years, and the National Institute of Geriatrics, which he currently directs.
It should be noted that on June 5 of this year, Gutiérrez Robledo was decorated Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor by the French government for his contribution in the medical and scientific field regarding aging.
On behalf of Mexico, the founder and general director of the Gericare center, Bárbara Diego Pérez, also received recognition for the innovative strategies in the care of the elderly that she applies in the center, at home and at a distance.
The goals of initiatives under the WHO Decade of Healthy Aging (2021-2030) are to change the way people think, feel and act about age, and to ensure that communities nurture people’s capabilities older adults.
Also, offer integrated and people-centered care and primary health services that respond to the needs of this sector of the population, as well as provide access to long-term care for those who need it.
The “Healthy Aging 50” award honors contributions and showcases work as an inspiring example of what people are doing to help advance the goals of the United Nations Decade of Healthy Aging.
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