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Full House at CCRP Wellness Seminar

Chairman of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons Limited (CCRP), Lascelles Chin, is reminding retirees that wellness is not an option but instead a mandatory goal for living a full life. Chin was speaking at a wellness seminar attended by hundreds of retirees participating in discussions directed at bettering their health.

Hon Lascelles Chin, Chairman of CCRP, presents Most Honourable Lady Hall with her membership card for the CCRP. Looking on is Richard Byles, President of Sagicor Life Jamaica and Chairman of the Pan Caribbean Group of Companies. Occasion was the CCRP Wellness Seminar held last Tuesday. Main presenters were Prof Denise Eldemire Shearer and Dr Anthony Vendryes who received rave reviews. Richard Byles, President of Sagicor and Chairman of the Pan Caribbean Group asserts his companies' support of the CCRP's activity to promote seniors' wellness. Sagicor-Pan Caribbean were co-sponsors of the CCRP's Wellness Seminar. Report by Nadisha Hunter, Gleaner Writer Chairman of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons Limited (CCRP), Lascelles Chin, is reminding retirees that wellness is not an option but instead a mandatory goal for living a full life. Chin was speaking at a wellness seminar attended by hundreds of retirees participating in discussions directed at bettering their health. "Make it your priority to get as much information as possible about the tried and tested options available to you in terms of nutrition, relaxation ... and for physical and emotional well-being," Chin advised the elderly group at the seminar held under the theme 'Rev up your Retirement' at the Knutsford Court Hotel, St Andrew, on Tuesday. He said, with more than 50 per cent of death and diseases in the country caused by chronic non-communicable diseases and persons in the 50-plus age group accounts for 31.9 per cent new cases of diabetes and 38.3 per cent of new hypertension cases seen in the island's public health facilities in 2008 to 2009, it is imperative to be more health conscious in order to live a better life. "In order to stem the prevalence of some chronic non-communicable diseases and other illnesses, we all need to take ourselves more seriously ... . Therefore, I appeal to the communities, the public and private sectors and service clubs to collaborate and put measures in place to make it easier for our retirees to access health care," he said. Professor Denise Eldemire-Shearer, professor of public health and ageing at the University of the West Indies, said one of the important factors in ageing is to know what is happening to the body, which is a normal and natural process. She noted that healthy ageing is the ongoing activities and behaviours persons undertake to reduce the risk of illness and disease and increase their physical, emotional and mental health. Fastest-growing cohort According to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), there are currently more than 450,000 people in the 50-plus age group in Jamaica with further reports that the fastest-growing cohort of the population is those 65 years and older. Jean Lowrie-Chin, chief executive officer of CCRP, said the mission of the group is to ensure that the vast talent, experience and wisdom of retired persons will be respected and that they will enjoy the quality of life they deserve. She said CCRP will provide financial-planning advice, information on health and wellness, opportunities for volunteering as well as mentoring young persons, free educational seminars and many other benefits. Seventy-nine-year-old Mavis McDonald, who participated in the workshop, said the workshop will help her to improve her standard of health. She said she became a member of the group so she could be better informed about healthy living, so she could enjoy her retirement years. The CCRP, which was recently launched, aims to be the vital resource for retired persons and those preparing for retirement. - nadisha.hunter@gleanerjm.com

Anonymous says:
May 20, 2010 10:59 AM

This was a great event - very informative!!

Anonymous says:
May 06, 2010 09:38 PM

This seminar was filled with so much useful information. I cannot wait for the next seminar.

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