A Project on the Status of the Elderly in the TRNC from the Faculty of Health Sciences
Prof. Dr. Feray Gökdoğan, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Cyprus International University (CIU), said with her two-year project on "Determining the Health and Socio-Cultural Situations of the Elderly Living in the TRNC" a database on services, problems, and solutions for elderly welfare will be created.
Prof. Dr. Gökdoğan pointed out that one of the most prominent demographic occurrences in the 21st century is the aging of the population and she stated that the TRNC population was in the upper limit of the "old" group in 2006 and can also enter the "very old" group according to the current data and calculations.
Gökdoğan said that for this reason they started a two-year project on "Determining the Health and Socio-Cultural Situations of the Elderly Living in the TRNC" , stating that the project is planned to be completed in 2019.
In the project, led by Prof. Dr. Feray Gökdoğan, twenty students from the Departments of Nutrition and Dietetics, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Nursing, and Social Services within the Faculty, are contributing to the project as auditors, while lecturers contribute as supervisors.
Gökdoğan said a total of 1911 elderly people who live in Güzelyurt, Lefke, Girne, İskele, Gazi Mağusa, and Lefkoşa were visited in April-May 2018 in their homes. She said that the research data was gathered using face-to-face interviews.
Prof. Dr. Gökdoğan pointed out that there is no such comprehensive study that can be generalized to old people with the sampling determined by the proportion to the population in Northern Cyprus, saying "My project will be an important source of data for the elderly in the TRNC to reveal how they have experienced these periods." Gökdoğan mentioned the importance of the study, stating "We think that this study will shed light on the public services in North Cyprus regarding the services to be provided for the elderly in terms of welfare, both in the local scope and on a national scale."