Older Persons in Jamaica: COVID-19, Fierce Determination, and a Little Disco Dancing


Today, October 1, 2020, is the International Day of Older Persons. The theme (like most other themes for discussions and commemorations, these days) includes reference to the ever-present virus: Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing? According to the United Nations: “Globally, there were 703 million persons aged 65 or over in … More Older Persons in Jamaica: COVID-19, Fierce Determination, and a Little Disco Dancing

Ministry of Health and Wellness to Study Salt Consumption in Jamaica


Our Health and Wellness Minister (yes, that is the new name of the Ministry – the “Wellness” has been added) believes in prevention. He is working on a “Wellness Agenda” this year. Our health services are overwhelmed, overused, under-staffed and under-resourced. Many of Jamaicans’ ailments are what we call “lifestyle diseases,” caused by a bad … More Ministry of Health and Wellness to Study Salt Consumption in Jamaica

Kelly McIntosh’s Blog: Dementia in Jamaica…Challenging Stigma, Responding in Love


Over the past few weeks, I have attended a workshop on the STRiDE Project and a presentation by Dr. Ishtar Govia, who heads Alzheimer’s Jamaica, at last week’s monthly meeting of CCRP, the non-governmental organization that supports and empowers Jamaican over-50s (full name: Caribbean Community of Retired Persons, but not all its members are retired). … More Kelly McIntosh’s Blog: Dementia in Jamaica…Challenging Stigma, Responding in Love

On World Health Day: Depression IS a Major Health Issue in Jamaica


On Friday, April 7 Kingston’s Emancipation Park was lively and bouncing with lots of Jamaicans working out, running, enjoying themselves. It’s World Health Day, and the Jamaica Moves campaign of the Ministry of Health had kicked off. Minister Chris Tufton himself was seen looking very energetic on stage, while a pretty large crowd worked out happily in … More On World Health Day: Depression IS a Major Health Issue in Jamaica