More help for HelpAge

By Benjamin Flowers
Staff Reporter

HelpAge Belize now has access to a physiotherapist to help elderly persons regain or maintain their mobility.

HelpAge introduced Cuban physiotherapist Dr. Aline Ayrado, on Monday, who will be working with HelpAge Belize and the Inspiration Centre, for the next two years.

HelpAge Executive Director, Ivorine Bulwer, explained that the organization got Dr. Ayrado after three years of lobbying to the Ministry of Health. She explained that the specialist will working at the Sister Cecelia Home, and with HelpAge’s Home Care Program and Outpatient Clinics.
Bulwer went on to say that their clients have several health conditions which require the aid of a physical therapist, including Alzheimer’s patients and breast cancer survivors. The therapist will also be looking at fall victims and fall prevention, including doing assessments in the living space of some of their clients to reduce fall risks.

“This is certainly a momentous achievement that will make a difference in the quality of life for our older persons,” Bulwer said. “A service that the physiotherapist can provide is to help our elderly retain their level of independence through exercise, strengthening of the muscles. We have several conditions that affects older persons.”

Apart from the help given by the Ministry, Bulwer also spoke about the $12,000 donation from the Insurance Corporation of Belize, which allowed Helpage to repair their roof and purchase new furniture for their office space.

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