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  • The National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) is encouraging Jamaicans to participate in the activities being planned for this year’s Senior Citizens’ week - September 28 to October 4.
  • A tree-planting exercise will be the highlight for Tuesday (September 30). Mrs. Toyloy said that this activity will be intergenerational, as both older and younger persons will be involved in the process as a way of “giving to the future.”
  • This year’s activities are supported by the Ministries of Labour and Social Security and Health and the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs. For more information on Senior Citizens’ Week, the public may contact the NCSC at 906-9277-8.

The National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) is encouraging Jamaicans to participate in the activities being planned for this year’s Senior Citizens’ week – September 28 to October 4.

Acting Executive Director of the NCSC, Angella Toyloy, told JIS News in an interview that the theme for the week – ‘Active Ageing through a Healthy Lifestyle’ – is in line with the mission of the Council to promote active ageing of older persons.

“We keep our older persons active, because most naturally they will remain healthier and the chronic illnesses will be delayed, and it will reduce some of the strain on the health system,” she said.

The week will begin with a National Church Service at the East Queen Street Baptist Church, starting at 10:00 a.m., followed on Monday (September 29) with a garden party at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall.

A tree-planting exercise will be the highlight for Tuesday (September 30).

Mrs. Toyloy said that this activity will be intergenerational, as both older and younger persons will be involved in the process as a way of “giving to the future.”

Then on Wednesday (October 1), which will be International Day of Older Persons, the Council, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, will host an exercise session between the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Seniors are being invited to go to the NCSC’s 11 West Kings House Road office for the session. Those who are unable to make it to the office are being asked to exercise at home for the required 30 minutes or more.

There will be an awards function in each parish on Thursday (October 2), to honour seniors who have been actively involved in the Council and those who have made significant contributions in the areas of education, health, religion, business and community work. This will be followed on Friday (October 3) with an exhibition at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library.

The week’s activities will culminate with an evening of entertainment at the Mico University College.

Mrs. Toyloy is urging seniors to keep active and continue to be involved, while encouraging other members of the society to recognize and celebrate the elderly and acknowledge that they are nation builders. “They laid the foundation for us, so let us respect them,” she said.

This year’s activities are supported by the Ministries of Labour and Social Security and Health and the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs.

For more information on Senior Citizens’ Week, the public may contact the NCSC at 906-9277-8.