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AGING: Systemic Obstacles That Lead To Social Exclusion For Seniors – By Yvonne Sam

Systemic Obstacles That Lead To Social Exclusion For Seniors

By 2036, Montrealers, aged 65 or over, will be around 465,800, and most are women. Photo credit: Anna Shvets/Pexels.

By Yvonne Sam – Contributing Columnist PRIDE NEWS Commentary 

Yvonne Sam -- newSocial exclusion is the process, through which individuals or groups are excluded from facilities, benefits and the opportunities that the others enjoy.

Montréal’s population is growing older and this is expected to accelerate over the next few years. In 2016, there were 323,660 Montrealers, aged 65 or over. By 2036, this figure will be around 465,800, and most are women.

Among the social groups considered vulnerable are the elderly, and the current pandemic has affected them disproportionally. It has excluded older adults from in-person contact with others in society. As such, they must shelter, in place, and maintain physical distance from others during this pandemic.

The Acts of Exclusion
Digital technologies pervade all aspects of life. The internet is a key example of modern digital technology that enables people to overcome physical distance, through digital social connections.

Older adults are less likely to be able to take advantage of the opportunities, enabled by modern information and communication technologies, such as smart-phones, tablets, and high-speed internet services.  They tend to opt not to use the Internet or cannot afford Internet access.

Additionally, they lack technologies with which to use video-chat apps to virtually connect with people, or lack the skills to use certain technologies, even if they do have access.

Physical or cognitive limitations may prevent seniors, in long-term care facilities, from being able to use communication technologies on their own, without assistance from others. Non-participation in the digital world leads older adults to feel social exclusion during times of physical distancing.

The global social-distancing mandates during COVID-19, minimize social contact, but many people circumvent these limitations by using communication technologies to remain connected.

The Elderly and Digital Equity
The United Nations International Day of Older Persons 2021 theme, “Digital Equity for All Ages”, predicates the need for access and meaningful participation in the digital world by older persons.

Digital equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services. Older persons experience digital inequity to a greater extent than other groups in society. They are often not benefitting fully, from the opportunities provided by technological progress.

Sadly, most tech gurus at stores, online or on help lines are young people using unfamiliar terms or speeding through explanations. Now is the time to cross the digital barrier. The theme resonates loud and clear: now is the time to bring technology to the entire aging population. The need is increasing and not disappearing.

Older adults can learn technology, but it must be adapted for them and made accessible, and this is not happening. Older adults lack connected devices and internet access; devices are too expensive for those on limited incomes, and internet connectivity packages often do not consider the needs and uses of this demographic.

Conclusively, while the obstacles are many, it is imperative that older adults attain digital literacy and get connected, if they are to stay relevant, employable and engaged in their local communities. They need empowering learning opportunities, not ones that make them feel overwhelmed, ignorant or helpless.

Let not the United Nations International Day of Older Persons 2021 theme seem like an unattainable dream.

Aleuta continua — the struggle continues.

Yvonne Sam, a retired Head Nurse and Secondary School Teacher, is the Chair of the Rights and Freedom Committee at the Black Community Resource Centre. A regular columnist for over two decades with the Montreal Community Contact, her insightful and incursive articles on topics ranging from politics, human rights and immigration, to education and parenting have also appeared in the Huffington Post, Montreal Gazette, XPressbogg and Guyanese OnLine. She is also the recipient of the Governor General of Canada Caring Canadian Citizen Award.

USA: Three reasons there’s a labor shortage… according to Labor Secretary Marty Walsh

  – Oct 10, 2021 – Business Insider

  • There are currently anecdotal labor shortages all over the economy, as employers scramble for workers.
  • It’s another marker of the strange labor market trend where millions are unemployed, but workers are quitting in droves.
  • Labor Secretary Marty Walsh attributes shortages to the virus, its unprecedented times, and workers rethinking what they want.

Everywhere you look, there seem to be anecdotes about businesses struggling to hire and retain workers. A Starbucks in Ohio is slashing hours and closing on Wednesday and Thursday due to short staffing. A Midwestern grocery chain is closing an hour early and offering staff members a $600 retention bonus.        Continue reading

Vaccine Passports, The Nuremberg Trial, Declaration Of Helsinki And What’s To Be – By Yvonne Sam

Vaccine Passports, The Nuremberg Trial, Declaration Of Helsinki And What’s To Be

Photo credit: Markus Winkler/Unsplash.

Yvonne Sam -- newWhile we are all deliberating, integrating, contemplating, even procrastinating, following the government’s announcement of its intention to institute vaccination passports, here are a few areas that begs immediate, and thorough, consideration.

Firstly, given the current situation, an election, and new virus detection, to start focusing on the insistence and ultimate existence of vaccine passports is a distraction that risks dividing people at a moment when national unity is crucial.

Additionally,  political grandstanding about vaccine passports serves no one.            Continue reading

GUYANA: Build bridges, not walls – By Mosa Telford – Opinion

– By Mosa Telford

Conflict brews when there are opposing sides in any society. The thread of conflict has weaved its way through time. To be alive on Earth means that we not only enjoy happiness, pleasure and peace but are also entangled in pain, sorrow, and war. For many it is either religious or spiritual philosophies that save us from a state of perpetual darkness and fear.

Many believe that there is better beyond this world and that is the hope that fuels them. But for some, that also means their power is suppressed. When there is none or limited belief in the power of self – the knowledge that it is we who must take charge of our destiny and create the life we desire beginning with the focus of the mind – the cycle of darkness and fear can overpower us.      Continue reading

GUYANA: News Video: Guyana News Source – 7th October 2021

GUYANA: News Video: Guyana News Source – 7th October 2021

  • Labourer charged with starting Brickdam Station fire @ 0.29 mins
  • Fire Service got no confessions during its probe @ 4.45 mins
  • Woman found dead in washroom at GPHC @ 9.30 mins
  • Health warning to doctors Over Vaccine Exemption Letter @ 14 mins
  • ExxonMobil announces another major oil find @ 12.33 mins
  • Ease at the Fuel Pump @ 15.00 mins
  • Policeman remanded for Marijuana Trafficking @ 16.04 mins
  • Study by Pfizer to vaccinate entire town in Brazil against Covid @ 20.00 mins
  • The Bahamas removing undocumented Haitians @ 20.40 mins
  • UK Eases several countries off Red Travel List @ 21.25 mins

ANALYSIS: Protests Are Taking Over the World. What’s Driving Them? – New York Times      

THE PANDEMIC and PROTESTS   – Oct. 3, 2021 – New York Times

By Zachariah Mampilly – A professor of international affairs at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, City University of New York.

September was turbulent: More than 200 Australians arrested during citywide protests and a temporary no-fly zone declared over Melbourne. Rubber bullets and tear gas unleashed by the Thai riot police into an angry crowd. Health care workers assaulted in Canada. Rallies of up to 150,000 people across the Netherlands

The pandemic has coincided with an upsurge in protests across the globe. Over the past 18 months, people have taken to the streets in IndiaYemenTunisiaEswatiniCubaColombiaBrazil and the United States. The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project reports that the number of demonstrations globally increased by 7 percent from 2019 to 2020 despite government-mandated lockdowns and other measures designed to limit public gatherings.        Continue reading

GUYANA: News Video: Guyana News Source – 6th October 2021

GUYANA: News Video: Guyana News Source – 6th October 2021

Top Stories: showing timeline on the video

  • Guyana’s economy grows by 14.5% during first six months of 2021.. @ 00.28 min
  • Moruka teenager dies after receiving Covid-19 vaccination. – Massive brain bleed @ 8.00 min
  • Over 1000 new Covid-19 cases in 5 days @ 9.00 min
  • Oxygen Plant being established at Covid-19 Hospital -@ 9.50 min
  • Police Stands by Brickdam Fire Confession @12.22 min
  • More reports of corruption in Farmers Cash Grant -@ 13.58 min
  • Guyana- Suriname Ferry to start regular service. @ 15.15 min
  • Nicaragua to receive Covid-19 Vaccines from Cuba @ 19.26 min
  • USA pauses non-immigrant visa issuance in Barbados @ 20.35 min
  • World’s first malaria vaccine given approval for rollout @ 21.30 min

BUSINESS: Work from home trend is killing downtown Toronto. Experts say it could get worse

But I do miss Soup NutsyCJ LunchboxGreen BoxLittle India and the underground network of PATH shops I used to frequent for last-minute gifts and replacement mittens.

Hopefully, these businesses will be right where we left them back in March of 2020, when COVID-19 hit and sent everybody running from their offices for the safety of their homes. But it is unlikely.            Continue reading

BUSINESS: Trouble finding work — or workers — during the labor shortage – economists explain why

Sep 26, 2021, – Business Insider

A help wanted sign in a New York City restaurant
A “Help Wanted” – restaurant in the Greenwich Village New York – AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
  • Anecdotes about labor shortages have been popping up for months amidst America’s slow recovery.
  • But enhanced unemployment has expired and it hasn’t helped end end the labor crunch.
  • Insider spoke to five economists and experts about why workers aren’t coming back, and the issues with hiring.

AMERICA’S LABOR SHORTGES            Continue reading

GUYANA: Persons without FDA-approved jabs can now access approved COVID-19 vaccine – US CDC

Government’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign using the Russian Sputnik V vaccine has not been approved by the WHO or the FDA.

Sep 21, 2021- Kaieteur News – In its most recent recommendations, the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that “people who received all or some of the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not listed for emergency use by WHO (World Health Organisation) and not authorised by FDA (US. Food and Drugs Administration) may be offered a complete FDA authorised COVID-19 vaccine series.”

The recommendation also states that persons should wait at least 28 days after being administered the last dose of the non-authorised vaccine before being administered the FDA-authorised vaccine.  (Note – The Russian Sputnik V Vaccine is a non-authorized vaccine. It has been the most widely distributed vaccine in Guyana, purchased by the Government for millions of US dollars)        Continue reading

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