Qatar National Library and Ehsan mark International Day of Older Persons


Doha: The Qatar National Library (QNL) recently collaborated with the Center for Empowerment and Care of the Elderly (Ehsan) to celebrate International Day of Older Persons. In light of this special day, the Library organized a workshop for its employees to discuss ways to help the elderly.

Ehsan representatives trained library staff in some of the more critical soft skills needed to deal with clients and older members. They also described the main approaches that could be taken by the Library for its elderly clients and visitors. The workshop reflects the library’s commitment to local communities, with an emphasis on the extra care, respect and support that the institution provides to the older generation.

On the occasion, Abeer Saad Al Kuwari, Director of Research and Learning Services at QNL, said: “The library is committed to empowering communities while forging institutional partnerships that support its mission of preserving Qatar’s heritage. and the region. We believe that older people are an integral part of our society and of our connection to the past. It is important that we ensure that their visit to the Library is comfortable and easy; therefore, this workshop has been planned to educate our teams on the methods and skills needed to accommodate senior clients and visitors.

Jaber Al Marri, Communication Director at Ehsan, stressed the importance of organizing such workshops to raise awareness of the rights of older people. He stressed the need for combined community efforts to highlight the situation of the elderly in Qatari society and improve their social well-being.

He said: “During the pandemic, we implemented awareness activities which saw various stakeholders as participants. In addition, and as part of our continued efforts to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons, we are pleased to collaborate with the Qatar National Library to raise awareness and improve the services provided to the elderly in the country.

Salem Al Enezi, head of the psychological unit in Ehsan, discussed the role and objectives of the center which supports older people in Qatar. The center focuses on raising awareness of the rights of older people, offering care programs, promoting solidarity and clear communication to reduce the generation gap.

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