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December 2010

Taking care of the elderly

Some Jamaicans may say that caring for elderly parents can be difficult for family members, especially  if they aren't proactive. Social interactions are extremely important to an elderly person's mental and emotional health. Regular interactions with people of all ages should be encouraged. One family member should never have the sole responsibility for caring for an elderly family member.
 
Traditionally, one might expect the children to look after their elderly parents, but grandchildren, nieces, nephews and siblings should also be involved. An entire family looking after its members reduces the overwhelming burden. Remember that elderly adults are not children. While some of your parents or grandparents suffer from mental frailties such as Alzheimer’s and maybe even dementia, the majority usually remain mentally active and alert.
 
 
 
Do not talk to them as though you are in charge. Remember to always show thoughtfulness, compassion and respect.
 
Do you play an active role in your elderly family member’s life?

Health Insurance In Jamaica

Choosing the best health insurance in Jamaica is not a popular topic among Jamaicans. In the opinion of many Jamaicans, health insurance is a waste of money. However, one will never understand how much they need health insurance until it’s too late. If by chance you get very sick suddenly and cannot go to work or school, you visit the doctor for some immediate assistance, but no health insurance, who do you think will have to pay the full cost of that bill up front? YOU!! That’s right, you will be responsible. Now, keep in mind, there are people who never get seriously sick and have no pressing need for immediate use for health insurance. But you can never tell when your time may come and you may get sick.
 
Jamaicans like everyone one else go through on good feelings and sometime bad/sickly feelings. Health insurance is very important as it makes you able to cover unforeseen medical expenses sometimes. Where will all the money go if I don’t get sick? Can I get it all back if I don’t use the health card? No. but keep in mind that everyone does not have the same luck.
Health insurance is more important than you know so try to ensure you are covered in case you have an unforeseen medical emergency.

Do you have health insurance?

HIV AIDS

 
Most Jamaicans don’t know that a person doesn’t actually "get" AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). People sometimes get infected with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), and later they might develop AIDS. You can get infected with HIV from anyone who's infected, even if they don't look very sick and even if they haven't been tested and confirmed HIV-positive yet. The semen, blood, vaginal fluid, and breast milk of people infected with HIV has enough of the virus in it to infect others.
 
 
 
         Most times the HIV virus is transmitted by:
 
·        Having sexual intercourse with someone who is infected;
·        Being born infected because the mother is infected, or drinking the breast milk of a woman who is infected.
·        Sharing a needle with someone who's infected;
 
Things Jamaican’s should keep in mind
 
Your risk of getting HIV or passing it to someone else depends on many factors. Do you know what they are? Here are a few health tips.
1.      Use a condom
2.      Abstaining from sex
3.      Talking about HIV with your partner
4.      Getting tested
 
It’s simple as ABC (A: Abstain B: Be faithful C: Condoms)
 
Have you been tested for HIV AIDS in 2010? Leave a comment.