Theme: Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment
This year the United Nations has chosen to focus on a theme that is indeed very timely and consistent with the work of NICE under the National Home Help initiative.
To lend from the words of the UN’s Secretary General, Making cities inclusive of older persons, means generating opportunities for their economic and social participation in accessible and safe environments. It also means providing affordable housing as well as the health and social services needed to support ageing…"
Perhaps older people in St. Lucia offer us a "face" of aging that can help us prepare for the changes ahead.
As the nation’s elderly population continues to grow, an emerging funding priority revolves around long-term financing of home care for elderly people. While payment for the medical care for some elderly persons is received through institutions and family, a gap remains in funding for home care. The primary way we differentiate older and younger adults is to focus on what the former can't do. We have a responsibility to understand that impairment in these activities–eating, dressing, bathing, transferring from bed to chair, and using the toilet–can be strongly predictive of an elderly person’s need to receive assistance.