With the world now in the first year of the United Nations (UN) Decade of Healthy Ageing, the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) will present a virtual Wellness Conversation on July 28 from 6.30 pm to 8 pm.
The discussion will be led by UWI Professor Denise Eldemire Shearer, professor of Public Health and Ageing and CCRP Board Director Dr Owen James.
Participants are asked to send questions ahead of time, and questions will also be accepted in the event chat.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021-30), with the aim of building on the United Nations Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and in alignment with the timing of the United Nations Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Already, the WHO estimates that there are over one billion persons aged 60 years and over worldwide, with the majority living in developing countries. In Jamaica, the latest figures available from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (2019) show that the cohort of persons 60 years and over has grown to 312,721.
Healthy ageing is defined by the UN as developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well-being in older age.
The CCRP, formed in 2010, continues to tackle the growing issues that affect retired persons as well as those preparing for retirement.