The National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) will be staging its 8th Regional Men’s Health Day Seminar on Thursday, June 20, at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall, 16 Ellesmere Road, in Kingston.
The event, which gets underway at 10:00 a.m., will focus on hypertension, its possible causes, preventive measures, coping mechanisms and family life.
Programme Organizer for Health at the NCSC, Mrs. Cassandra Morrison, said that the objective is to encourage senior citizens to adopt a healthy lifestyle, thereby enabling longer life.
She informed that additional information will be provided on proper nutrition, self- care, physical activity, diabetes, and other life threatening diseases.
“Many senior citizens, especially men, often times do not pay keen attention to their inner health, so we want to seize this opportunity to educate them about the benefits of living a healthy life, which involves proper nutrition, exercising, lowering salt content in food, which reduces the risk of hypertension,” Mrs. Morrison said.
She told JIS News that several specialists will also be making presentations on different health topics, as well as offering professional services to the seniors. Some of the specialists include: cardiologists, cosmetologists, nutritionists and pharmacists.
“We will be placing special emphasis on self-help care practices, particularly the hair and the nails, because a lot of seniors who are hypertensive are living with diabetes, and when you have diabetes, you have to be careful about how you deal with your nails, as it relates to grooming,” she explained.
Mrs. Morrison informed that the symposium will provide a forum for senior citizens, particularly men, to be more educated about measures they can use to take great care of their health, with special attention on proper nutrition.
“Our aim is to change the mindset of most of our seniors to start eating in variety and moderation. We want them to make actual changes, as it relates to improving their health, so that they can enjoy their family life more meaningfully,” she said.
Mrs. Morrison is urging the public to come out and participate in the day’s activity. Women are specially invited to support the males by attending the symposium, primarily because “they sometimes play an integral role in their lives, in the capacity of food preparation and grooming,” she said.
Participating organisations include: Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS), HEART Trust/NTA, Eyeland Eyewear, Coconut Industry Board (CIB), Seven Seas and National Health Fund (NHF).
Jamaica has been celebrating Men’s Health Day since 2006.
By: Jeneva Gordon