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

Crime Update

first_imgBy Mark. F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comPrince George’s County Police are still looking for suspects in separate shooting and stabbing incidents in Capitol Heights and Seat Pleasant that took place within an hour of each other. Meanwhile, a 17-year old from Bowie is in jail after being arrested in the stabbing death of his father. Son Charged With Murder in Father’s Death  Prince George’s County Police arrested Barba Koroma, 17, in the murder of his father on July 26. According to police reports, the elder of the same name, Barba Koroma, 62, was still alive when he was found, but eventually died at the scene from stab wounds.The younger Koroma has been charged as an adult with first and second degree murder and is being held without bond.Prince George’s County Police are looking for suspects in separate shooting and stabbing incidents, while a teen is in jail after stabbing his father to death. (Courtesy Photo)Patrol officers found the younger Koroma walking out of a wooded area near the scene with minor injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment before he was taken to the Prince George’s police homicide unit where he was taken in for questioning.According to police, the father and son were previously arguing inside a van the father was driving. The Koroma son admitted to stabbing his father shortly before the accident.  After the van crashed, the younger Koroma is believed to have dragged his father out of the vehicle and into the woods in that vicinity.Investigation Continues in Similar Separate Incidents Police are still searching for suspects in separate stabbing and shooting incidents that occurred within 45 minutes of each other on July 25 in Capitol Heights and Seat Pleasant.  However, the two incidents don’t appear to be related.Shortly prior to 8:30 p.m. on the 600 block of Birchleaf Avenue, Seat Pleasant and Prince George’s County police responded to a call and found a male victim with multiple gunshot wounds. The first responding officers administered immediate “life saving” measures when they arrived.  After treatment from Prince George’s EMS, the victim was taken to the University of Maryland Prince George’s County Hospital and is in stable condition after sustaining very critical injuries, according to Seat Pleasant Police Chief Devan A. Martin.Police have distributed a lookout for a male approximately 5 feet, 8 inches with a slim build who was wearing a white shirt at the time of the attack.Then around 9:15 p.m., police said that employees at a Jerry’s Restaurant on the 5700 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Highway called and reported a stabbing.When officers arrived they found a male victim with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to the hospital after what were described as very critical injuries. Police do not believe that the victim was stabbed where he was found, and they are working to determine a timeline.  However, during a hastily called press conference in the restaurant’s parking lot, Chief Martin said that the incidents are isolated and there appears to be no immediate nor is there a continuous threat to the community. Martin also said that the early phase of the investigation didn’t find any evidence that these two isolated incidents are gang-related.However, Martin would not reveal any specific information about the suspects in either incident. He said that police have identified a few people of interest and are working with Prince George’s County police as the investigation continues.last_img read more