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Be kind to the elderly

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I read an article in the Observer, Monday, September 25, 2017, that highlights some serious points about the disenfranchising of the elderly. The great abuse and great discord and disregard for the fundamental right of the elderly is a sore issue.

We need to take a stock of the invaluable contributions of those who now seem frail, hapless and helpless. It was not always like that, and if you are lucky to live a full and long life, you will eventually reach there, too. We should place all of our energies in ensuring that we are kind and generous to the welfare of the senior citizens.

The many unkind words directed towards on these senior citizens is wrong and unwarranted but it is commonplace in the Jamaica of today. We should always recognise the many sacrifices they have made for us.

We can make them happy by being very supportive of the many institutions that play monumental roles in the securing of their rights. Some of them were the nucleus of our society in their heydays before time, cut them down to the weak and frail individuals they might be today.

If we could strengthen their resolve by doing very kind and upright things to make them feel appreciated, we would have done them a great favour.

The selfless contributions of some of these stalwarts for our uplift and advancement are well documented.


Portmore, St Catherine