- The Minister was speaking at a Christmas fair held on December 11, at the Golden Age Home in Kingston.
- Minister Kellier noted that the protection of the most vulnerable in the society, including seniors, is a vital part of Vision 2030.
- The Minister, in the meantime, said he is “very happy” to see the level of care being provided to the residents of the home.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, has made a call for Jamaicans to show greater care for the country’s senior citizens.
The Minister, who was speaking at a Christmas fair held on December 11, at the Golden Age Home in Kingston, stated that the society will be judged by how it treats its elderly.
He said the fact that persons may have to reside at facilities such as the Golden Age Home when they get older, “does not mean that they are any less human than the rest of us, and we have to understand that we have to be a caring society.”
Minister Kellier noted that the protection of the most vulnerable in the society, including seniors, is a vital part of Vision 2030: the National Development Plan, and the Government remains committed to ensuring their well-being through various initiatives.
The Minister, in the meantime, said he is “very happy” to see the level of care being provided to the residents of the home. “What takes place here is active aging. People age, but they are still active,” he said.
He praised the staff for their passion, professionalism and dedication. “It is reassuring to know that we can count on them,” he stated.
Minister Kellier also commended their plans for the long-term development of the facility, and pledged to work towards the realization of those goals, which includes the development of a major health and wellness centre.
“We are lifting the Golden Age Home to a level so that it becomes a beacon of hope to many more across the Caribbean and the world,” he stated.
The residents of the home were treated to a hearty meal, gifts, and entertainment by staff and performing artistes. Representatives of several corporate entities were on hand to bring cheer to the seniors.
The Golden Age Home, located in Vineyard Town, is a key element in the Safety Net Strategy devised by the Ministry, to protect the most vulnerable in the society.
Over 453 residents are housed at the home, which is the largest facility of its kind in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.