The Department of Children and Family Services hosted the annual senior citizens’ reception and weekend retreat from 27-29 October at Sunshine Suites Resort as the closing activity for senior citizens’ month in the District of George Town.
With the rest of the world, the Cayman Islands celebrates the United Nations’ International Day of Older Persons on 1 October. However, DCFS staff, as local organisers, believes that honouring seniors for only one day isn’t enough, and they extend the celebration throughout the month, said a GIS press release.
This year, the activities included church services, outings, receptions, media appearances and district tea parties. The theme for the month was Protect Our Heritage; Honour Older Persons.
More than 70 older persons from George Town gathered to enjoy the weekend’s events, which were organised by the department’s Community Development Officer for George Town, Zemrie Thompson.
During the reception, the seniors were offered a buffet meal and entertained by the music of local band Swanky; songs and dances from George Town Primary School students; and songs by Clive Bennett and Olive Miller.
A lively overview about past decades in Cayman was given by Rupert Ebanks.
DCFS Director Deanna Lookloy told the audience, ‘I am very glad to see so many active senior citizens, to whom Cayman owes a significant part of its current success.’
She added, ‘DCFS aims to improve senior citizens’ social integration and healthy living, as well as to encourage other civic groups to assist us in achieving this noble aim.’
George Town seniors also spent time during the weekend to sightsee in West Bay, in particular Boatswain’s Bay, and to socialise with West Bay’s senior citizens.
Also, guest speaker Joy Merren from the Health Services Authority advised them how to stay healthy and active.
On Sunday, the senior citizens participated in John Gray Memorial Church’s service.