Approximately 86 senior citizens in St. James, including two centenarians, were feted by the St. James National Council for Senior Citizens, at a Christmas dinner, held in Greenwood, on December 17.
The two centenarians, Jane Thomas and Euplin Parlane, turned 100 years of age in February and November this year, respectively.
Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, who addressed the dinner, commended the work being carried out by Council for the senior citizens, and gave his commitment to continue supporting their work.
In response to a request from that organization for assistance in locating adequate office space from which they can operate, the Mayor advised that a serious look should be taken at putting in some structural addition to a building now located inside Jarrett Park, which could be used.
He expressed the view that the level of socialisation of a country can be determined by the way the elders and children are treated.
Executive Director of the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC), Mrs. Charmaine Muirhead, in her address, encouraged the seniors to always mentor younger persons and to encourage others in their age group.
“As a nation, we are missing that firm foundation that was laid in your days and the days after, when parents and grandparents gave firm guidance and leadership to the young people, the values and attitudes,” she said.
Mrs. Muirhead urged the seniors to always give advice to their children and grand children, even when it seems they are not listening.
Following the luncheon, the seniors were presented with gifts.