Metro Manila South increases awareness for senior citizens

By HARMONY ADIAO and VINCE T. BASCO

Date Posted: July 8, 2020

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The Ecclesiastical District of Metro Manila South in the Philippines increased the brethren’s awareness for senior citizens through a webinar on June 5, 2020.

Doctors in the Christian Medical Dental and Paramedical Society (CMDPS) facilitated the online seminar.

“This is a great help in this time of pandemic. In the activity, they discussed the effective and proper ways of taking care of the elderly,” Brother Eugene Lopez, district supervising minister, said.

Senior citizens and their loved ones participated in the health talk wherein the speakers discussed about the health issues of senior citizens such as common illnesses and how their loved ones can care for them.

Dr. Ellaine Eusebio-Galvez, a dermatologist, stated, “Senior citizens are considered ‘immunocompromised’ especially in this time of pandemic. They may be indirectly affected but their other health concerns cannot be met because they can’t go to health centers. We in CMDPS want to help in this issue.”

The number of Covid-19 confirmed cases in the country continues to increase and although the virus can infect anyone, those in the age bracket of 60 years and above are more vulnerable.

Part of the seminar was the discussion about the senior citizens’ mental health.

“One of the topics that made an impression on me was about dementia,” said Mary Rose Mondala, from Evangelista Local Congregation, whose mother is suffering from that illness. “A person who has dementia forgets many things. We were reminded how to take care of them, to understand them and be patient with them,” she added.

“The mental health of the elderly should also be given attention because as they age their memory deteriorates,” Dr. John Martin Cruz, an internist, explained. “When we are taking care of them [senior citizens] we should always help them and let them feel that we are always with them, we love them, and that they are an important part of our lives,” he added.

The brethren are thankful to the Church Administration for the concern not only for their spiritual welfare but also for their health. ― With reports from INC News Section

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