Forum tackles ageing problems
Another “Ageing in Bermuda” forum will take place on Friday as the island continues to confront what is considered a growing problem.
Hosted by the Peace and Social Justice Committee of the Roman Catholic Church of Bermuda, the latest forum will be the fourth in a series that tackles the issues faced by the elderly.
The event will take place at St Theresa's Church Hall on Laffan Street, beginning at 7.30pm.
“One never really knows, with declining mental and physical health of ageing, if an eldercare arrangement or some rest home facility will become a need for them,” commented one of the organisers.
“We are not getting any younger in Bermuda and some of us will invariably end up in rest homes,” added another committee member.
Presenters for the forum will be from the Department of Ageing and Disability Services — manager Keeona Belboda and policy analyst Sarah D'Alessio, who will advise and answer questions about the management and policy requirements of rest homes.
Registered nurse Mary Jo Farrow will speak about items needed to consider living in a home and architect Colin Campbell, of OBMI, will discuss how to restructure homes to meet the needs of ageing.
Each presenter will have ten minutes to discuss the question, followed by a Q&A from the audience and a group think-tank in which the audience will be able to offer comments and suggestions.
The previous forums dealt with “Ageing and Employment”, “Ageing and Health” and “Ageing and Legal issues”.
The fifth and last in the series will be on “Ageing and End of Life”, slated for June.