Published On: Thu, Nov 28th, 2013

Report on elderly people presented to Minister Whiteman

Dr. WhitemanWILLEMSTAD - Curacao is home to nearly 22,500 people aged 65 years or older. Of this group, 63.2 percent say they have one or more long-term health problem. In particular, the number of elderly people with hypertension and diabetes mellitus has increased substantially in the last twenty years.

These results are in the theme report on the Elderly published by the People's Institute Curacao. The report is based on data from the National Health Interview Survey (NGE) in 2013 and was presented to the Minister of Health, Environment and Nature, Ben Whiteman.


One in five elderly people suffers from three or more chronic diseases at the same time. In the age group 75-84 years, more than half has a severe limitation. The fruit and vegetable consumption of the elderly is covered in the report. One in five elderly people needs (more) help with their household and / or self care. The happiness decreases as people age, but this does not apply to the spiritual vitality.

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