Older Persons in Jamaica: COVID-19, Fierce Determination, and a Little Disco Dancing


Today, October 1, 2020, is the International Day of Older Persons. The theme (like most other themes for discussions and commemorations, these days) includes reference to the ever-present virus: Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing? According to the United Nations: “Globally, there were 703 million persons aged 65 or over in … More Older Persons in Jamaica: COVID-19, Fierce Determination, and a Little Disco Dancing

CCRP Welcomes Special Provisions for Senior Citizens on Election Day


With Election Day just a few days away, the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has been putting out information on how to vote and our focus is on the day itself. I have already expressed my own views on whether the elections should have been held at this time, especially in light of the irresponsible … More CCRP Welcomes Special Provisions for Senior Citizens on Election Day

ICYMI in Jamaica, August 16, 2020: Andrew Says Let’s Go, el-Faisal Says Goodbye, and JAMP Says Sorry


This week was a momentous one for those who get excited about elections. On Tuesday, the Prime Minister announced the date in Parliament (not in front of a large crowd of frenzied supporters, as is normally the case): Thursday, September 3. Nomination Day will be next week – Tuesday, August 18. Thankfully, it will not … More ICYMI in Jamaica, August 16, 2020: Andrew Says Let’s Go, el-Faisal Says Goodbye, and JAMP Says Sorry

CCRP Is Worried About the Increased Number of Seniors’ Deaths on the Road


There is nothing but worrying news, it seems, about what is happening on our roads. There is very little that is positive to report. As I have noted in my previous comments, it’s a complex problem that requires strong and focused leadership.  One of the concerns is the impact on what we call the most vulnerable … More CCRP Is Worried About the Increased Number of Seniors’ Deaths on the Road

Please Use Registered Nursing Homes, CCRP Urges


A disturbing report in the Jamaica Gleaner recently highlighted the issue of unregistered nursing homes on the island. Here is the response of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP). Be careful! With so many homes for the elderly unregistered, do check the list of those registered posted below, before making any arrangements for your loved … More Please Use Registered Nursing Homes, CCRP Urges

“What’s the Point?” Marguerite Orane Shrugs, Laughs and Moves On


It’s not easy to write the kind of book that Jamaican-born coach and facilitator Marguerite Orane has produced. It may look easy to write a thoughtful but cheerful memoir (of sorts) that “keeps it real” about family, migration and ageing. But to get the right tone – not to be too self-indulgent, but to be open … More “What’s the Point?” Marguerite Orane Shrugs, Laughs and Moves On

Kelly McIntosh’s Blog: Dementia in Jamaica…Challenging Stigma, Responding in Love


Over the past few weeks, I have attended a workshop on the STRiDE Project and a presentation by Dr. Ishtar Govia, who heads Alzheimer’s Jamaica, at last week’s monthly meeting of CCRP, the non-governmental organization that supports and empowers Jamaican over-50s (full name: Caribbean Community of Retired Persons, but not all its members are retired). … More Kelly McIntosh’s Blog: Dementia in Jamaica…Challenging Stigma, Responding in Love

Ernie Smith to Provide Musical Pleasure at CCRP Living Legacy Awards


Ernie Smith’s voice always brings back good memories for me. When he was a solo artist, he used to do stints at the Devon House Grog Shoppe (itself a place of good memories) on Friday evenings. Under that huge mango tree in the courtyard we sat (once a barn owl sat, looking down on us) … More Ernie Smith to Provide Musical Pleasure at CCRP Living Legacy Awards