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Prof. Denise Eldemire-Shearer

Professor of Public Health and Ageing

Denise Eldemire-Shearer is Professor of Public Health and Ageing at the University of the West Indies.

Languages : English


The leading authority on ageing and an unwavering advocate for the elderly, Professor Denise Eldemire-Shearer has worked with the UWI for more than twenty (20) years. In addition to being a medical doctor, she is Professor of Public Health and Ageing.Professor Eldemire-Shearer has focused on ageing as her main area of research in which she has done extensive work. Currently she is examining the responses needed in the primary health care system to deal with an ageing population and is therefore very sensitive to the ethics involved in such research.Professor Eldemire-Shearer has also done work in the epidemiology of ageing in Jamaica, intergenerational transfers and economic contributions, and has also had responsibility for developing postgraduate training in public health, of which research has been an important part and has supervised many students at both the Masters and PhD. levels.


CCRP increases its capacity to care
Go Jamaica

January 29, 2016

Many of these needs result from the natural vulnerabilities caused by ageing – deteriorating health and mobility, economic challenges, (especially faced by persons on fixed incomes or no income) bereavement, and loneliness. Prof. Denise Eldemire-Shearer, Chair of the CCRP and Director of the Mona Ageing and Wellness Centre reports that the elderly (60 years and older) constitute 11.3% of the Jamaican population today, and are projected to rise to 25% by 2050. Over 50% of the elderly are alone, single or widowed...

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Jamaica Urged To Prepare For Increase In Ageing Population
The Gleaner

October 09, 2015

Closer home, the leading authority on ageing and an unwavering advocate for the elderly, Professor Denise Eldemire-Shearer, has called for systems to be put in place to effectively deal with the increase in the ageing population in Jamaica.Using data from the 2011 census, Eldemire-Shearer showed that the growth of the 60s population is faster than any other segment and has been taking place now for several decades. These findings were chronicled in her 2012 study of 2,943 persons over the age of 60...

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JLP Eastern St Andrew honours over 50 women
Jamaica Observer

July 26, 2015

Special recognition was given to widow of former Prime Minister, the late Hugh Lawson Shearer, Professor Denise Eldemire Shearer, who is a key organiser for the constituency and a trustee for the JLP. In presenting the award to Professor Eldemire Shearer, chairman of the JLP St Andrew Eastern constituency Fayval Williams said that Professor Eldemire Shearer's story was "one of an unfailing commitment to the poor and most vulnerable in our society...

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Eldemire Shearer wants pension contributions to be compulsory
Jamaica Observer

June 28, 2015

Director of the Mona Ageing and Wellness Centre, Dr Denise Eldemire Shearer, has called for pension contributions by Jamaicans to be made compulsory.She made the call in light of statistics, which indicate that while Jamaicans are living longer, most persons have made no plans for their financial security during their retirement years.

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Eldemire family refuses honour
Jamaica Observer

April 19, 2013

"The family wishes to categorically state that it does not wish for the name of Dr Eldemire to be dragged through the mud of political tribalism or be an object in the politically motivated actions of any person or organisation," said Dr Denise Eldemire-Shearer, the daughter of the late medical practitioner, in a statement yesterday."It is with this in mind that the family wishes to make public its position that it is no longer in support of the renaming of the hospital after Dr Herbert Eldemire."...

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Profile of a Malignant Brain Tumor in Jamaica: an Eight Year Review, 2005 to 2012
The West Indian Medical Journal

2015Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most malignant and most common primary brain tumour worldwide. This study was undertaken to investigate the demographics of this tumour in Jamaica as there is no such published data to date. Data from the recently started Intracranial Tumour Registry (ITR) at the University Hospital of the West Indies was used.

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Cardio-Vascular Disease and Cancer: A Dichotomy in Utilization of Clinical Preventive Services by Older Adults in a Developing Country
Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

2015OBJECTIVE: To report the level of utilization of clinical preventive services by older adults in Jamaica and to identify independent factors associated with utilization...

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‘Active ageing’: a qualitative study in six Caribbean countries
Ageing and Society

2010The aim of this study was to document the perceptions of elders in six Caribbean countries about ‘active ageing’ and on the basis of their reports to make recommendations to improve their situation. Data were collected principally through 31 focus group discussions conducted in both urban and rural areas. Comparative analysis was carried out of the qualitative information, focusing on three components of ‘active ageing’: health and social services access and use, social support, and economic circumstances...

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Unique Cryptosporidium Population in HIV-Infected Persons, Jamaica
Emerging Infectious Diseases

2008A cryptosporidiosis survey showed the presence of Cryptosporidium hominis, C. parvum, C. canis, and C. felis in 25, 7, 1, and 1 HIV-positive persons from Jamaica, respectively; 1 person had both C. hominis and C. felis. Multilocus sequence typing indicated the presence of a homogeneous but geographically distinct C. hominis population in Jamaica...

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Household food safety awareness of selected urban consumers in Jamaica
International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition

2003Home interviews of 110 randomly selected householders representing three distinct socio-economic groups in North Central St Andrew, an urban community in Jamaica, were conducted during January-March 1999. Respondents were interviewed about their awareness of safe food handling, risk perception, food handling practices and attitude to food safety issues...

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Area of Expertise

Active Ageing

Ageing in Place

Education and Training


Lifelong Learning

Public Policy




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