A Party to empower all
Author/Affiliations: Ana Pessoa
Centro Hospitalar do Médio Ave, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal
We know knowledge is power. As doctors, we thrive when our patients thrive, and our objective is to ensure their well-being and happiness. These are among the core principles of geriatric care. Earlier this month, an event called "The Health Party" (or "Festa da Saúde" in Portuguese) took place, with the goal of promoting healthy habits, educating the public about common diseases, and screening for relevant conditions. The event featured music shows, sport activities, showcookings, and workshops. "The Health Party" is an annual initiative organized by the Portuguese Society of Internal Medicine, in collaboration with the local municipality of the chosen city for that year. This year, the event took place in Viana do Castelo, a beautiful coastal city in Portugal. I feel privileged to have been part of this event for the second consecutive year, this time overseeing the activities of our national Geriatrics Study Group. During the event, we conducted screenings for sarcopenia, frailty, malnutrition, osteoporosis, and fall risk. We also provided information on recommended vaccines for older adults, the importance of physical activity, and summer recommendations. Additionally, we delivered a small lecture on Geriatrics to educate the public about this specialized field. Our global aim is to raise awareness for the importance of Geriatrics in the life of our population. Unfortunately, Geriatrics is not recognized as a medical specialty in Portugal, and it is an area that the older adult still see with some prejudice. People often associate Geriatrics with aging, disease, and death. However, Geriatrics is synonymous with health, independence, and quality of life. Given Portugal's aging population, Geriatrics is an essential tool for the well-being of our patients – and looking at the disease burden of our population, its expertise is urgently needed. As healthcare professionals, it is our responsibility to educate and inform our patients and policy makers about best practices for a healthy living. By organizing this event in an atmosphere of music, sports, and nature, we create an environment that facilitates effective communication and creates bonds for life. This is as an opportunity not only to disseminate knowledge to the general population but also to educate other aspiring healthcare professionals who will soon be caring for their own patients and are eager to learn. And we learn with all of them. Because knowledge is power. And this is a Party to empower all.