JIS News

The National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) will be hosting a ‘Self Help Health Care Workshop’, on Wednesday, May 20, in recognition of Centenarians’ Day.
This workshop is aimed at educating caregivers on how to properly care for senior citizens and to identify and honour centenarians islandwide.
In an interview with JIS News, Director of the NCSC, Beverly Hall Taylor, said that the Council will be pulling out all the stops in catering to the centenarians and showing its appreciation for their contributions over the years.
“This is our first Centenarians’ Day. We have had other celebrations, but not an outright day specially put aside. We will be providing useful tips to the caregivers on how they can care for the centenarians,” she explained, adding that institutions and persons will be sharing in the celebration, by providing services to these centenarians. They include the School of Cosmetology (HEART), students of the Community Care of the Elderly Training Course, and nurse’s aides.
She emphasised that Centenarians’ Day is an important time set aside for the younger generation to interact with the older ones.
“This day is an awareness day and we want to give the younger generation the opportunity to learn a thing or two from the older ones. So, they will get the opportunity to not only help the centenarians, but to sit and talk with them and learn some valuable lessons,” Mrs. Hall Taylor said.
There are a total of 885 registered centenarians in Jamaica. The year 1999 was celebrated as International Year of Older Persons, as designated by the United Nations. Centenarians are persons 100 years and older.

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