National Council for Senior Citizens
The National Council for Senior Citizens works in collaboration with local and international organizations and other stakeholders to effect the National Policy for Senior Citizens through programmes and initiatives on behalf of all persons 60 years and older.
Green Paper National Policy for Senior Citizens – Click to read
List of Services
- Senior Citizens Identification Card
A national ID card issued only to persons 60 years and older free of charge. It serves as a valid ID and can be used to access concessionary fares on JUTC buses, the Metro Bus Service and discounts at various businesses. Valid proof of age is required.
- Computer Classes
Computer Classes are offered to senior citizens (60 years and older) free of charge at the NCSC Secretariat and at various Parish Libraries across the island. Candidates must register with the NCSC to access services.
- Home Help
Senior citizens are visited by Nurse Aides and volunteers who assist with health, personal and domestic needs. Nurse Aides currently operate in Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine. Volunteers assist in rural parishes.
- Meals on Wheels (Feeding Programme)
Cooked meals are provided on week days and food packages on public holidays for the elderly shut-in in the Corporate Area. Elderly persons are accepted to the programme based on their needs/vulnerabilities
- Skills Training
The Council conducts Handicraft, Culinary, Horticulture and Agricultural workshops where skills are taught, developed and exchanged in an intergenerational setting.
- Exercise/Dance Class
Register to become a member of the Recycled Teenagers Dance Group and keep fit and happy.
The Council through its referral service assists senior citizens to obtain the appropriate services and/or information required in the public and private sector. The Council also advocates on behalf of senior citizens of various issues of importance.
- Senior Day Activity Centres
The Council operates Activity Centres for seniors to socialize with their peers and participate in various health, educational or recreational activities between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on weekdays. Dependent seniors must be accompanied by a nurse or caregiver.
- Retirement Planning Education
The Council assists groups, institutions and businesses with retirement planning workshops for members of staff
- Senior Citizens Sports – held at the parish, regional and national level. Seniors participate in track and field events and novelty games
- Intergenerational Debating Competitions – Seniors match wits with student at primary, secondary and tertiary levels in arguments on age-related issues.
- Domino Tournament – held at parish, regional and national levels
- Cultural Days –allow senior citizens to express and share Jamaican culture with the younger generation.
- Centenarians Registry
Persons 100 years and older are recognized and awarded for their contribution to national development. Contact the Council for details.
- National Senior Spelling Bee Competition
Fourteen (14) parish champions vie for the national championship each year.
- National Senior Bible Quiz Competition
Fourteen (14) parish teams compete for the national trophy and enviable prizes each year
- Senior Citizens Week
Senior Citizens month is observed in September with the last week being celebrated annually as Senior Citizens Week. The last Sunday in September is celebrated as Grandparents Day and October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons. An annual schedule of special activities for seniors is published.
- Art, Craft and Culinary Arts Competition
Senior Citizens compete annually in these areas. The competition in held in collaboration with the JCDC and RADA
- Recreational Activities
Seniors participate in various types of recreational activities including trips to local places of interest, museums and historical sites, beaches, hotels and parks as well as overseas cruises and trips to Disney and to other Caribbean islands.