Depression in Older Persons- Age Caribbean will host Seminar in San Fernando in recognition of World Health Day 2017
Age Caribbean will be hosting a seminar on ‘Depression in Older Persons’ in recognition of the World Health Day 2017 international campaign called ‘Depression- Let’s Talk.’ Older persons (60+) are one of three target groups of the campaign, (along with adolescents and new mothers). The seminar will take place at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts, San Fernando, on Saturday April 08 at 9:00am-12:00pm. Members of the public can call 305-3487 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. The cost is $195.00 TTD per person.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Latin American and the Caribbean is the fastest ageing region in the world. The American Psychological Association adds that mental health issues among older persons is expected to quadruple in coming decades, as older persons are faced with changes like retirement, the loss of a spouse, illness, or nursing home placement.
As the only Geriatric Psychiatrist in the English-speaking Caribbean, I am thrilled by the decision by the WHO to campaign for a mental health issue for World Health Day, and to target older persons as a vulnerable group. It is a clear message that countries need to finally pay attention to depression in older adults. Depression in later life is not a normal part of ageing; it is a problem which can be treated. Come join us to learn more.
Dr James Bratt, Lead Consultant at Age Caribbean and Geriatric Psychicatrist.