|Centenarian Samuel Green receives a National Bakery Gift Basket from CCRP Jamaica member Verla Seymour|
AS we celebrate seniors during the coming week, let us reflect on these living miracles in our lives. These grandparents, mothers, fathers, aunts, district elders who planted crops, raised livestock, fetched water daily from the river and still managed to send us to good schools. They stretched their dollars to unimaginable proportions and were able to support many of us through tertiary education.
So now we may speak better English than them, and their weary faces and bodies are not as fit and attractive as ours. We may even begin to feel impatient with their slow gait and their fading memory. No wonder the good Lord made it a commandment to 'honour your father and your mother'.
|National Council for Senior Citizens 'Recycled Teens' in action!|
Meanwhile, many small businesses in Jamaica are realising that senior employees are their strongest assets. At SeniorMag.com, we found an article which explained why hiring seniors is an excellent move. Here are some points:
|Murleene Davis receives a prize from CCRP Hospitality Chair Dr Jean Small. Jean graduated with a PhD in her seventies and still lectures part-time.|
* They are more in control of their time than those who still have to balance the role of parent.
* SeniorMag.com reminds us that: "Their work ethic is more evolved. Most know the value of a smile and a handshake in making and retaining customers. They have learned that their job is not guaranteed, and that taking care of a customer is far easier than finding a new job."
|Legendary seniors advocate Mrs Sybil Francis receives the CCRP Living Legacy Award from Hon Aloun Assamba and and Prof. Denise Eldemire-Shearer|
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