Rebranding To Ageing And Disability Services

August 27, 2015

On July 10th 2015 the Minister of Health, Seniors and Environment Jeanne Atherden announced the rebranding of the National Office for Seniors and Physically Challenged to Ageing and Disability Services.

“The National Office for Seniors and the Physically Challenged was formed in 2000 to centralize the coordination of services to these two populations. Since then, the mission has expanded, the Office provides services to all persons with disabilities and not just those with physical challenges; therefore, the term ‘physically challenged’ is being replaced by ‘persons with disabilities’,” the Ministry said today.

“Also, replacing ‘seniors’ with ‘ageing’ is consistent with Government’s plan to promote such initiatives as the National Ageing Plan and the concept of ‘ageing in place’ or ‘ageing at home’.

“This name change is part of an important reorganization within the National Office which will ensure that our seniors and those with disabilities receive the best attention that their interests and issues demand.

“Ageing and Disability Services [ADS] provides a diverse portfolio of services. Its primary responsibilities are; Compliance and regulation, managing cases related to individual client needs, oversight of the integrated production and functional skills programmes and providing advice and guidance on best practices for accessibility to both public and private sectors.

“Ageing and Disability Services will be hosting an open house on September 3rd 2015 when the official date of the name change will take place on the front lawn of City Hall from 11am – 2pm. ADS community partners and Department of Health staff will be in attendance to provide information on their services in an effort to connect seniors and persons with disabilities with the individual resources that are available to them.

“All are welcomed to support ADS and its vision of ‘A caring and inclusive Bermuda that supports the well-being of seniors and persons with disabilities.’ Refreshments will be served.”

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  1. Triangle Drifter says:

    Is this really necessary? Seems like such an expensive excerise just to shorten & change the words even if the previous name was all grandios. “National” National what? We are not a NATION. We are not independent. Hey, but like so many other names of things the PLP changed, it sure sounded big & fluffy.

    • Cranston says:

      In short yes it really is necessary. Hopefully it is not all fluff like you fear but a genuine redevelopment of services for individuals that need them the most.