COVID-19 mental health response to focus on the elderly — Tufton

COVID-19 mental health response to focus on the elderly — Tufton

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!


KINGSTON, Jamaica —  Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, says that the ministry will be launching a mental health initiative in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), which will focus on the elderly.

He made the disclosure at the weekly virtual COVID Conversations press briefing on Wednesday at the Northern Caribbean University in Manchester.

The press conference focused on the elderly and was held as part of activities for Senior Citizens Week.

Tufton said that the older members of the society are fearful of the virus and are abiding by the COVID safety protocols. He noted, however, that adhering to the measures have disrupted their lifestyle and is having a major impact on their mental and physical health.

As such, he is encouraging people who may not have seen their elderly relatives in a while to pay them a visit, while maintaining the safety protocols.

 “We know you're trying to protect them by not going over there to their homes to visit… but listen, you can mask up, sanitise and still visit. They just want somebody to talk to. Maintain the six feet distance; even if you can't touch them still visit them," he advised.

The minister also urged persons to encourage their elder relatives to keep active and to move around the house, as inactivity over an extended period can lead to debilitating conditions.

"Please look out for our senior citizens, whether you are a relative or their friend, because they need someone to talk to. Encourage them, but still practise the protocols and let's not assume that because they are locked up they are safe, because that's not the case; that's not automatic," he noted.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaper-login


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT