The Philippine population is aging at a rapid rate. Reports indicate that the number of older people is increasing rapidly at 4%, faster than the growth in the total population. The Philippine Statistics Authority projects that by 2030, older people will make up around 11.5% of the total population and this will increase to 14% by 2050.
An aging population comes with an increase in the demand for health services and products. Studies have shown that the leading causes of morbidity among the elder population are infections while visual impairment, difficulty in walking, chewing, hearing, osteoporosis, arthritis, and incontinence are common health-related problems.
Since the elder population has contributed a great deal to their family and to society in general during their younger years, they deserve to be given extra special attention as they enter their twilight years. In addition to seeking medical attention for their health concerns, the elder population will also require mobility devices that will allow them to achieve the quality of life. These mobility devices will also enable them to do the things they enjoy while they spend time with their family.
However, retailers of these mobility devices are usually confined to a small area in Manila and are not easily accessible. Even if customers do get the chance to visit these retail stores, there is very minimal quality assurance on the products being sold there. Most of the products do not have brochures of manuals.
These stores are, more often than not, medical equipment stores and mobility devices for senior care is just one of the categories being carried. In short, there are no specialized senior care shops in and around Metro Manila.
To cater to the growing needs of the Philippine elder population, Watsons, Asia’s leading health and beauty retailer, in partnership with Top American Products Solutions Inc. (TAPS) has brought in products manufactured by US company Drive Medical, one of the fastest growing global manufacturers of durable medical equipment. Drive Medical has a line of mobility, bath safety, and personal care products for the elder population and these products focus on innovation, functionality, and value.
Watsons found a valuable offering in Drive Medical as it strives to achieve its promise to make their senior customers look good and feel great. Through these products, Watsons and TAPS strive to promote independence and improve quality of life for the Filipino senior population, continually setting the standards in the health and wellness market.
Available in select Watsons are Drive Medical’s line of Mobility products that include Hurrycane Freedom, Offset Grip Cane and Deluxe Folding Travel Walker, among others. Their Bath Safety items include Grab Bars, Tub and Stair Safety Treads and Cast Protector Arm. Its line of Personal Care products includes Universal Arm Sling, Metal Shoe Horn and accessories.
Drive Medical is exclusively available at Watsons and is distributed in the Philippines by Top American Products Solution Inc. For more information, visit www.seniorsphilippines.com.