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“Living Healthy in Retirement”
Monday, 16 November 2015 16:13

The Barbados Workers’ Union is pleased to report that the seminar/workshop on “Living Healthy in Retirement” held at the Labour College in Mangrove, St. Philip, Monday, November 9 to Friday, November 13, for its retirees’ division, was hugely successful, based on the positive comments from the participants during the presentations and the feedback during the evaluation at the end of the week’s session.

The seminar/workshop was designed to provide the retirees, ranging in the age range from 40 to 80, with information to empower them to make healthy lifestyle choices particularly with regard to diet, nutrition, physical activity and finance.

The subjects studied and presenters were as follows:

  • Reverse Mortgages/Personal Assistance Fund, Funeral Arrangements/Security around the Home – Mr. Ed Bushell, President, Barbados Association of Retired Persons;
  • Alzheimer’s Disease – Ms. Pamela Brereton
  • Multiple Sclerosis and the Challenges Experienced – Ms. Lasonta Corbin/Ms. Bonita Phillips and Ms. Simone Mayers
  • Non-Communicable Disease – Dr. Heather Armstrong, Medical Officer of Health, Eunice Gibson Polyclinic
  • Living with Diabetes – Sandra Chandler
  • Physical Activity – Ms. Celia Collymore
  • Mental Health and Aging – Mrs. Celia Ramsay and Mrs. Heather Griffith
  • Nutrition – Mrs. Karen Griffith, Dietician, National Nutrition Centre, Ministry of Health; and
  • A Cooking Demonstration – Mrs. Hazel Byer-Horsford.

A great deal of emphasis was placed on physical activity, nutrition and non-communicable diseases during the evaluation as it was recognised that there was a strong link between inactivity, poor dietary habits and non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, overweight and obesity. In that regard, the retirees were particularly pleased to have benefited from the session on exercise and the cooking demonstration. The latter gave them the opportunity to witness and comment on the demonstration. The cooking demonstration was an exercise in which the participants were taught how to prepare foods in a healthy way, thus reducing levels of fat, salt and sugar in dishes. 


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