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  • The week, which is being observed under the theme ‘Advancing the health and well-being of older people amid COVID-19', was launched on Friday (September 25) at the office of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security by Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda.
  • “I hope that this coming week of activities will help to bridge the generational gap that exists in Jamaica,” he said.
  • The week’s activities will culminate with a Seniors Wellness Webinar on October 1, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Jamaicans are being encouraged to shower elders with love and appreciation on Sunday (September 27), observed as National Grandparents’ Day, as the country kick-starts this year’s activities for Senior Citizens’ Week.

The week, which is being observed under the theme ‘Advancing the health and well-being of older people amid COVID-19′, was launched on Friday (September 25) at the office of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security by Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda.

The Minister said that this year’s theme is of paramount importance, considering that senior citizens are grappling with challenges associated with the coronavirus.

“The Ministry of Labour and Social Security, through the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) and it partners will be placing greater emphasis on senior citizens and the need for preventative and transformative actions to support their health and well-being,” he noted.

Mr. Samuda also lauded the senior citizens for the significant role they have played in the development of the country.

He urged the different generations in the country to support and to celebrate National Grandparents’ Day.

“I hope that this coming week of activities will help to bridge the generational gap that exists in Jamaica,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the NCSC, Dorothy Findlayson, said that this year has been very challenging globally, but more so for senior citizens, due to the presence of the pandemic.

“Therefore, today and onwards, the well-being and welfare of our senior citizens, more than ever, must become the focus of all stakeholders,” she emphasised.

“Our theme for 2020 surely resonates with our purpose as a Board and as a society. This theme allows us to acknowledge and understand, in a wholesome way, the challenge we are currently faced with and recognising that the advancement of the welfare of our seniors is indeed paramount,” she added.

Senior Citizens’ Week will commence with a national church service at the Phillippo Baptist Church in Spanish Town, St. Catherine. The service will be streamed live on the Ministry’s Facebook, YouTube and Instagram pages for those who want to participate, and will also be aired on LOVE FM.

Other activities include a Seniors Appreciation Day on September 29 and parish tree-planting activities across the island on September 30.

The week’s activities will culminate with a Seniors Wellness Webinar on October 1, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Senior Citizens’ Week is observed annually during the month of September to honour and recognise older citizens in Jamaica.

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