Department of Children and Family Services staff hosted the annual senior citizens’ reception and weekend retreat from 19-21 October at Comfort Suites Resort.
This retreat was one of events organised by DCFS, with assistance from other agencies, in order to continue Cayman’s tradition of celebrating International Day of Older Persons, said a GIS press release. Although the day is observed worldwide on 1 October, Cayman extends the celebration throughout the month of October.
This year’s theme was Aging Is a Privilege and Societal Achievement. Activities are aimed at celebrating older persons, and recognizing the important role they play in families and society.
More than 90 older persons from different districts gathered to enjoy the weekend’s events, which included the reception; sightseeing at Pedro Castle; a picnic at North Side’s Kaibo Beach; and a church service.
Guest speaker Joy Merren, Health Services Authority Genetics Coordinator, also advised them about how to deal with health issues like diabetes and hypertension.
At the reception, the seniors were offered a buffet meal, and entertained with the music of the North Side Kitchen Band, as well as songs and dances from George Town Primary School students. A lively overview about how life has changed in Cayman over the past decades was given by Mrs Olive Miller.
‘This country has become as successful as it is now due to high values cultivated by our older persons,’ said DCFS Director Deanna Lookloy. ‘We hope to continue to build on these values, and hope that you instil these values in your children and grandchildren.’
The senior citizens’ retreat was supported by the Ministry of Health and Human Services; the United Nations Cayman Islands Older Persons Planning Committee; the Lions Club of Grand Cayman; the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens; Agape Family Worship Centre; Alex Variety Store; the North Side Kitchen Band; George Town Primary School; Avon; and private individuals.
For more information about DCFS’ services for senior citizens, please contact the department’s Adult Special Needs Supervisor Dawn Rankine at 949-0290 or [email protected], or Community Development Coordinator Zemrie Thompson at 949-0290 or [email protected].