Chronic illnesses, cognitive impairment continue to affect elderly

first_imgMany elderly persons in Guyana continue to face negativities stemming from social issues in society, topped with their health statuses. This is according to Coordinator of Elderly Health at the Public Health Ministry, Dr Melissa Dehaarte, who during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times, stated that in relation to treating the physical ailments, chronic illness continues to affect the elderly.She explained that most of the chronic illness that the elderly suffer from could be treated before they further develop but that usually, it is when that illness has evolved then elderly folks decide to seek treatment.“And a lot of chronic illnesses are not diagnosed because persons do not come in to our primary health care facilities and we want to encourage them to do that to get screened. Many chronic illnesses do not have symptoms early on and when it is in its advanced stage then you may symptoms of diabetes or hypertension”.According to Dr Dehaarte, cognitive impairments are also major issues that the elderly continues to battle with on a daily basis.“Such as senility or Alzheimer’s, where you would see persons acting violently or wandering away from home. Or forgetting where they are or who they are. We want persons to be screened for that. That can be screened for at any primary healthcare facility”.She added that outside of the physical and medical conditions that the elderly have to deal with, there are social ills that affect them— the most terrible of which is elderly abuse. This, she says, is more prevalent than one would think.“There are different forms of elderly abuse, we can encounter physical abuse, financial abuse and even verbal abuse. Most persons know about financial abuse when we speak of someone taking away someone’s pension or their land and so on. So basically, any form of abuse that does not recognise or uphold the human rights of an older person, we face that a lot in our society”.Earlier this year, a study conducted by ChildLink found that abuse against the elderly has been on the increase. ChildLink had presented the information at the University of Guyana, Turkeyen Campus, Greater Georgetown, in March.Chairman of the advocacy group, Kosi John, who had shared an overview of the report said, “as in those of the low-income group and also among the under-aged and very young, abuse of elderly, women and children has been on the increase”.John went on to say that urgent attention must be focused on the plight of the vulnerable group, who are often incapable of defending themselves and breaking out of the abusive environment.The Chairman, at that time, said he believes that abusive trends are linked to the fact that young people grow up seeing that someone should be hit when they do something that is not pleasing.last_img read more

Van Gaal fears Man United ace facing ‘many weeks’ out after injury against Stoke

first_img1 Ashley Young limps out of Manchester United’s clash against Stoke Ashley Young is set for a spell on the sidelines after limping out of Manchester United’s draw against Stoke.The winger hobbled off in the second half of the New Year’s Day clash clutching his hamstring.Louis van Gaal is now waiting to discover the exact diagnosis but admitted after the game he expects Young to be out for “many weeks”.A lengthy absence for Young would come as a big blow to the Dutchman as he bids to bring Champions League football back to the club.The 29-year-old had been tipped to move on in the summer having struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford, but has been revitalised since Van Gaal’s arrival and has been one of United’s standout players in recent weeks.last_img

High Court hears claims that man involved in ‘arranged accident’ in Donegal

first_imgA man has denied in the High Court he was involved in an “arranged road traffic accident” at a roundabout in Lifford.Martin Lafferty (55), from Clady in Strabane, sued the driver of a rented car, as well as Hertz Rent-a-Car itself, for injuries arising out of a collision with his Peugeot 406 at a roundabout in Lifford on June 28, 2011. Mr Lafferty was driving with three other people in his vehicle while the other car, driven by Gareth Feeney, with addresses in Strabane and Middlesex, England, had a total of five people in it.Seven out of the nine, including Mr Lafferty were awarded sums of less than €10,000 in Buncrana Circuit Court in 2015 for injuries from the accident.The Irish Independent reports that Hertz, which is owned by Ryans Investments NI Ltd, appealed those awards to the High Court.In evidence, Mr Lafferty said he was on his way to check on his cattle when Mr Feeney’s hired Ford Fiesta approached the roundabout but failed to stop and hit his car.His car was not driveable afterwards because of the damage while the Fiesta could be driven.The court heard a garda who arrived at the scene saw extensive damage to the rear passenger side of the Peugeot and some damage to the front of the Fiesta.Under cross examination by Joseph McGettigan SC, for Ryans/Hertz, Mr Lafferty said he had been involved in three other road traffic accidents in the last 14 or 15 years, including one which was settled and one he is still pursuing.He was also injured in 1993 when he was shot by a British soldier in Newtownards.His father was Neil Lafferty who was in charge of the west Tyrone brigade of the IRA and who died in Long Kesh prison.He agreed he was the person carrying a tri-colour at the head of a commemoration march by the “Joseph Plunkett 1916 Society” – which commemorates the IRA dead – in November 2011, a few months after the accident in which he claimed he suffered pain in his head and right shoulder.He said he was the leader of that society but disagreed that carrying the flag was difficult with his injuries. He disagreed it was more difficult that the act of trying to turn the steering wheel on his van which he said he had difficulty doing after the accident.He said all the people in his car were members of the Joseph Plunkett Society while one of them in the other car had just attended a commemoration ceremony and was a member of another similar group called the Charlie Darcy 1916 Society.Mr McGettigan put it to him this was “an arranged accident between you and Mr Feeney” and that he had been in touch with Mr Feeney over it.He replied: “That is a very serious allegation and it is untrue”.Mr McGettigan said when Mr Feeney arrived at the Hertz office in Derry to return the car, he did not have Mr Lafferty’s details.He was able to immediately ring him (Lafferty) and the first thing he said was “How’re ya Marty”.Mr Lafferty said he has never been called Marty in his life and could not remember any such phone call but knew he must have provided his details to Mr Feeney.He also denied he knew Mr Feeney except to see from him coming into a night club in Strabane where he had worked for 12 years.The case continues before Mr Justice Charles Meenan.High Court hears claims that man involved in ‘arranged accident’ in Donegal was last modified: July 19th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentcrashdonegalLiffordMartin Laffertystrabanelast_img read more

Short-Term Flings at Saturn’s Rings

first_imgThe Saturn system is assumed to be 4.5 billion years old like the rest of the solar system.  What mean the delicate dances of ring particles that have been observed by Cassini lately?  One would think moons and particles had pretty much settled into a stable old age by now, but no: some things change on a daily basis, and Cassini’s cameras are catching the action.  The question is, how long can this go on?  Is the dance marathon at Saturn setting new records?    A Cassini press release shows gouges in the narrow F-ring that scientists say are evidence of a collision.  And just a couple of days earlier, another Cassini press release published pictures of delicate ring arcs among two of Saturn’s small moons, Anthe and Methone.  “This is further evidence that most of the planet’s small, inner moons orbit within partial or complete rings,” the article says.  Are they exceptions to a rule of stability and senescence?  No again; “The intricate relationships between these ring arcs and the moons are just one of many such mechanisms that exist in the Saturn system.”Update 09/18/2008: Another Cassini press release shows the G-ring arc rounding the ansa.  The article describes the destructive processes at work: “Micrometeoroids collide with the large particles, releasing smaller, dust-sized particles that brighten the arc.  The plasma in the giant planet’s magnetic field sweeps through this arc continually, dragging out the fine particles and creating the G ring.”Notice how rarely the scientists ever address the age question.  It seems hard to believe that interactions this delicate and dynamic could persist for billions of years.  Before spacecraft got there, scientists expected things to be simple and stable and old.  Things like ring arcs, thousands of ringlets, ring spokes and ring collisions caught them by complete surprise.  Why are they silent on the question about whether such phenomena could last that long?  As with biological evolution, the answers are worded as vague promissory notes: “Understanding these interactions and learning about their origins can help us to make sense of what we are seeing in the Cassini images.”  They need help, all right, especially with sense.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more