Senior citizens frequently complain about being forgotten and neglected. In response to their cries to be shown some appreciation, senior citizens of Tunapuna and environs were recently treated to a day of pampering hosted by Reformation Life Centre (RLC) at Morton House, Tunapuna. The initiative attracted close to 200 elderly people. Finance Minister and Tunapuna MP Winston Dookeran paid a courtesy call to those in attendance. Sixty-five-year-old Marlouise Wilson from Curepe said she heard the announcement on the radio and told herself it was a date. Longing for a day like this, Wilson said she was surprised by the several services she had the opportunity to enjoy.
“Pampering old people today was a very good idea—brilliant. We are forgotten and neglected. God bless Pastor Glen Forde for this initiative,” she said.
Wilson, a mother of three and grandmother of five, had her eyes checked, pressure taken, and got a manicure and pedicure. She said she looked forward to another day like that. “It doesn’t have to be every year, but ever so often something like this should be done to make us feel that we are still alive and appreciated for all the hard work we have contributed to society.” Eighty-seven-year-old Pauline Thomas, who celebrated her birthday on the same day, agreed. “I never had this kind of service before. I feel very special today.”
Thomas had a facial and massage, free legal advice and diabetes testing done. She was also allowed to call her four children who live in United States through the international call centres that were set up. Former councillor of Tunapuna, Monica Ferguson said this was the first time the community had an event like this and congratulated the present councillor Esmond Forde for assisting with the event. Ferguson, 73, a Tunapuna resident for 36 years, said the elderly needed something like this more often. “I made sure and reach very early this morning so I could benefit from all the services,” she said.