6.17. The objectives are:
(a) To enhance, through appropriate mechanisms, the self-reliance of elderly people, and to create conditions that promote quality of life and enable them to work and live independently in their own communities as long as possible or as desired;
(b) To develop systems of health care as well as systems of economic and social security in old age, where appropriate, paying special attention to the needs of women;
(c) To develop a social support system, both formal and informal, with a view to enhancing the ability of families to take care of elderly people within the family.