This need to develop the policy of care for the elderly means that the highest leadership of the government of our country and in commemoration with the 10th Anniversary of the World Assembly of Aging decided to increase efforts and energize the necessary responses for Cuba to comply with the Aging principles and recommendations of the United Nations Assembly, made in New York in 1992, and thus provide the optimum quality of life for our elders. Among these efforts, the foundation of the IBEROAMERICAN CENTER FOR THE THIRD AGE and the implementation of a new INTEGRAL CARE PROGRAM FOR THE CUBAN ELDERLY stand out.
The Ibero-American Center for the Elderly (CITED) was founded on May 7, 1992, during the activities of the First Central American and Caribbean Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, by Cuban President Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz, who expressed at the opening ceremony : ... "The most human thing that society can do is take care of the elderly." And he suggested that "... all the knowledge that is accumulated, be transmitted to all other hospitals in the country, the courses that are taught can be given to doctors from all over the country, so that in a very short time the conference room of the CITED would be giving courses on the Third Age to professionals of all the hospitals of the country, that also would create their services ".
CITED is located in the oldest and most traditional medical-teaching institution in the country, which has trained, for 100 years, hundreds of our most distinguished doctors, specialists and professors with recognized national and international prestige. The "General Calixto García" University Hospital, with more than 1000 beds for care in all medical specialties, remains as the largest Faculty of Medical Sciences of Cuba. Much of that experience is dedicated by CITED to care, training of human resources and research on the Third Age.
CITED has since its foundation developed an ascending care work, providing tertiary geriatric care to patients from Cuba and other countries. The attention of a high technical scientific qualification has been closely linked with the rest of the clinical-surgical specialties that are related to the elderly, which has allowed us to significantly expand the possibilities of medical care towards a more comprehensive and multidisciplinary care taking full advantage of For this, the experience where it is located, this has benefited from the inclusion of innovative technologies and methodologies developed nationally or taken from the most advanced international experience, highlighting a stepped system of geriatric evaluation, endoscopic surgery and minimal access and the application of new therapeutic and pharmaceutical products for geriatric use.
The high care demand presented by the institution has determined the development of both clinical and surgical outpatient services.
The demand for care for foreign patients has been faced by the institution since its inception. It has been increasing with a high level of satisfaction.
The need for a qualitative leap in care for the elderly and the development of research have provided the acceptance and demand for courses and trainings taught at the institution.
This national and international teaching work has covered a wide variety of topics of interest in aging, trying to cover and at the same time expand the needs of social, economic, ecological, psychological and biological knowledge that involves the multidimensional and multidisciplinary management of the subject .
The study modules have included a variety of presentations, such as short courses, trainings, residences and others, which have allowed the attendance of hundreds of participants.
Several study programs have been developed at this stage, highlighting the Master in Gerontology.