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  • Participants in the Western Regional Health Authority’s (WRHA) recent wellness session for senior citizens, have lauded the administration for staging the event.
  • The session, which focused on healthy aging, was held at the St. John’s Methodist Church Action Centre in Montego Bay, in collaboration with the St. James Senior Citizens Association.
  • Association member, Pauline Jackson Grant, told JIS News that “what the WRHA did was very good; a lot of persons don’t know about exercising… and (this session) taught us about that”.

Participants in the Western Regional Health Authority’s (WRHA) recent wellness session for senior citizens, have lauded the administration for staging the event.

The session, which focused on healthy aging, was held at the St. John’s Methodist Church Action Centre in Montego Bay, in collaboration with the St. James Senior Citizens Association.

Association member, Pauline Jackson Grant, told JIS News that “what the WRHA did was very good; a lot of persons don’t know about exercising… and (this session) taught us about that”.

“There are a lot of important factors that we did not know, which they taught us about. As time goes by, we as seniors need to put those things into practice,” she added.

Another member, Geneva Woolery, said the event was “very good”, pointing out that “after listening to the speakers, we learnt a lot (such as) caring for our teeth, and what to eat and drink to be healthy”.

Mrs. Woolery added that she learned about the various types of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and how to prevent them.

For her part, Health, Promotion and Education Officer with St. James Public Health Services, Julian Grandison Mullings, told JIS News that the event sought to encourage persons to adopt a healthy lifestyle, citing data which indicates that seven out of 10 persons in Jamaica succumb to NCDs.

Mrs. Grandison Mullings pointed out that the session also featured presentations by health professionals on key topics related to seniors, including mental health, oral rehabilitation, safety tips and nutritional challenges.

“We want to encourage citizens not to take their health for granted; your health is your responsibility. So eat right, drink a lot of water, reduce your sugar intake, and ensure that you get a lot of rest and deal with your stress effectively,” she said.

The day’s activities also included blood pressure and blood sugar checks as well as foot care for the over 100 participants.

They also engaged in water aerobics at the Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay, as part of the session.

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