“Care of the Elderly in a Rapidly Ageing Society” – 22nd Sept. 2022 at 7:00 pm

The Ministry of People Empowerment & Elder Affairs (MPEA) will be hosting a free webinar (https://is.gd/Ageing2022) on “Care of the Elderly in a Rapidly Ageing Society” on Thursday 22nd September 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

The entire month of September in Barbados has been designated a time to celebrate our senior citizens as well as to shed further light on the challenges they face in their later years.

The world continues its rapidly ageing process and it is well-known that, as people age, they face a number of challenges. These range from restricted mobility and lifestyle, to being more financially and socially dependent, the psychological and emotional pain of losing loved ones and #elderabuse. This means that always high on the ageing agenda must be efforts to remain healthy, active and safe.

Declining health is certainly one of our major concerns, as non-communicable diseases increase which may result in #disabilities during older years, such as #blindness or amputations. There has also been an increase in #dementias with not enough public information on how to deal with these illnesses.

Through this public education webinar, some of these challenges will be explored and discussions on how to manage throughout your older years and even how to take care of elderly loved ones. On the panel of expert discussants will be Gerontologist, <strong>Dr. Ambrose Ramsay</strong>, President of the Alzheimer's Association, <strong>Ms. Pamelia Brereton</strong>, <strong>Ms Colleen Walcott</strong> - Director of the National Assistance Board (NAB), Gerontology Researcher, <strong>Ms. Trudy Rowe-Weeks</strong> and Special Advisor to the Government on Elder Affairs <strong>Ms. Cynthia Forde J.P., M.P</strong>.

Through this public education webinar, some of these challenges will be explored and discussions on how to manage throughout your older years and even how to take care of elderly loved ones. On the panel of expert discussants will be Gerontologist, Dr. Ambrose Ramsay, President of the Alzheimer’s Association, Ms. Pamelia Brereton, Ms Colleen Walcott – Director of the National Assistance Board (NAB), Gerontology Researcher, Ms. Trudy Rowe-Weeks and Special Advisor to the Government on Elder Affairs Ms. Cynthia Forde J.P., M.P.

The Moderator will be Mr. Ian Bourne, Communications Consultant to the Ministry of People Empowerment & Elder Affairs. This 90 minute webinar can be accessed via https://is.gd/Ageing2022 and its passcode is Ageing2022

All are invited to join the discussion and contribute to the public understanding of ageing and the care older persons need as they age.

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