Age Concern Hosts Health Event For Seniors

July 21, 2017

Age Concern Bermuda successfully hosted its second health clinic for the year in the East End of the island at the Lamb-Foggo Urgent Care Centre earlier this month, with the event serving 75 seniors within a period of four hours for vitals, dental and eye screenings.

Executive Director of Age Concern Bermuda, Dr. Claudette Fleming indicated that the event’s purpose was to reach out to seniors within their own communities to make access more readily available, particularly to those who cannot afford the services due to costly copays or not having insurance at all.

Age Concern Education Coordinator, Ms. Anita Furbert said, “Age Concern and its health partners are working very hard to meet the needs of seniors in the provision of our quarterly Health Check events in various areas of the island.

“We were pleased to see more men show up in the East End Clinic and to have so many participants coming specifically to have access to the eye screening conducted by Dr. Leonard Teyebotchway and the Bermuda International Eye Institute team. The clinics are becoming the largest attended Age Concern event outside of our annual MJM legal clinics.”

Cathy Stovell said, “My mom has never had an eye pressure test and she was very relieved that she had an opportunity to do so at the east-end Health Check event. She was impressed with the care and attention each provider afforded her and quickly heeded the dental advice given.”

Mike McCrimmon, Head of Allied World Bermuda, said, “It is our pleasure to join the Health Check initiative in partnership with other notable sponsors such as the Bank of Bermuda Foundation, the Chubb Foundation, and the Department of Health.

“Clearly, the issue of ageing is an issue for us all. Allied World’s Charitable Committee is committed to support initiatives that address the social fabric of Bermuda. We are pleased to support Age Concern in its effort to promote successful ageing throughout the island.”

Age Concern hosted the event for the first time in the East End of the island. Dr. Fleming credits the Bermuda Hospitals Board [BHB] and the staff and management team of the Lamb-Foggo Urgent Care Centre for the ability to host the event in the state-of-the art facility.

Chief Operating Officer for the BHB, Scott Pearman said, “It was not a difficult decision for us to host the event. The clinical amenities of the venue lend themselves well for a clinic of this nature.

“We were pleased that the location of St. David’s saw a good response from seniors taking advantage of the free services. We look forward to working with Age Concern and others to maximize the use of the facility in the best interest of meeting the needs of our community.”

The next Health Check event is being planned for November 2017 in the West End of the island. For more information on the initiative or Age Concern, call 238-7525 or email info@ageconcern.bm.

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