Cayman set to celebrate older persons

| 26/09/2016 | 0 Comments
CNS Local Life

Senior citizens enjoying last year’s party celebrating Older Persons’ Month

(CNS Local Life): While the United Nations celebrates 1 October as International Day of Older Persons, the Cayman Islands annually designates the entire month as Older Persons’ Month. During the local observance to celebrate the contributions of seniors, they will be honoured, entertained, share fellowship and undertake day trips organised by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

This year’s theme on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac invites locals, residents and businesses to “Take a Stand Against Ageism.”

One of the highlights of the month-long acknowledgement of the nation-building efforts of the Cayman’s elderly population is the nation’s first-ever Older Persons’ Expo.

As the kick-off event, it will take place on Saturday, 1 October at the Family Life Centre on Walkers Road, from 10am to 2pm.

Hosted by the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports and opened by Governor Helen Kilpatrick, the free expo will include dozens of private- and public-sector stalls. Kiosks will showcase a range of goods, services, resources and activities available to the Islands’ elderly population.

Visitors are encouraged to enjoy free chair massages, an interactive fitness demonstration and a lucky draw, as well as free health and wellness advice/screening. The expo will also feature a number of workshops including fraud management and advanced care planning presentations. Refreshments will be available.

Other Older Persons’ Month activities available to seniors include an island tour on Cayman Brac (Tuesday, 11 October), the Cayman National Cultural Foundation folk song concert at the Harquail Theatre (Wednesday, 12 October), bingo night at the Aston Rutty Civic Centre (Friday, 14 October), a seniors’ gala at the Westin ballroom (Saturday, 15 October), and a tea party at the Pines Retirement home (Saturday, 29 October).

The DCFS will organise transport to the majority of these events. For more information, contact the department at 949-0290.

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