JIS News

Scores of senior citizens of Clarendon recently benefitted from free medical checks, counselling, and hair and beauty services, at a health fair held at the Dorritt Bent Church Hall in Spaldings.
The fair, a collaborative effort of the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC), the Clarendon Health Department, and the Spaldings United Church, sought to address some of the medical conditions of the elderly.
Among the services offered were diabetic foot care, sugar and blood pressure checks, eye testing and mental health screening, among others. Dental nurses were on hand to provide the senior citizens with advice on how they should care for their teeth, while a medical doctor performed thorough medical examinations. They were also treated to facials and pedicures, and had their hair styled.
Health Education Officer at the Clarendon Health Department, Carlisa Pierson, told JIS News that it is critical that this segment of the population is provided with proper medical care, as they are extremely vulnerable and face financial constraints in accessing proper care. She said that the department tries to facilitate them through regular outreach activities.
Ms. Pierson pointed out that mental health screening is particularly important for the elderly, as some of these persons tend to believe they have outlived their usefulness and no longer have a worthwhile contribution to make, and slip into extreme bouts of depression as a result.
Irene Shand of the Trout Hall Senior Citizens Club, told JIS News that the health fair was extremely beneficial, as the elderly were able to access many of the services they normally require at one location and on the same day.
“It was an exciting day. We had a lot of fun socialising with other seniors, even as we attended to our health. Everybody here has benefitted a lot from the various services provided. They have done many different health checks today,” she stated.
Meanwhile, NCSC Clarendon Organiser, Nova Taylor, described the day as a “huge success”, expressing her elation at so many truly needy persons had been helped.
Financial advice was provided by representatives of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) and Access Financial Services, while a team from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security was on hand to register persons for benefits under the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).

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