October is Older Persons’ month

The focus of this year’s Older
Persons’ Month, which will be observed throughout October, is Older Persons in
Economically Challenging Times. According to the Director of the Department of
Children and Family Services, Deanna Look Loy this month’s theme was chosen to
highlight the significance of elderly person care, especially in the current economic
climate.

“Older persons face similar
challenges to the rest of society. However, their situation is exacerbated
because some cannot care for themselves either financially or physically and
must rely on others to look after their affairs,” she said.

“We hope to guide seniors in
better-managing their resources, but also to reinforce the message that the
community can make a positive difference in the lives of older citizens.” 

Minister of Community Affairs,
Gender and Housing Mike Adam agreed, “As a country and community, we must
redouble our efforts to care for, protect and empower our seniors, especially
in the face of the global economic situation. 

“We must help to guide them; assist
in providing their material needs where possible; keep them engaged as active
members of the family and community, and last but not least, learn from their
wisdom,” he said.

Outlining the month’s activities,
Older Persons’ Month Committee Chairperson Zemrie Thompson said that the
month-long celebration was designed to show appreciation to seniors. It
launched with the Governor’s Tea Party at Government House Friday.

The packed schedule includes a
seniors’ weekend retreat on 7 to 10 October at the Ramada Grand Caymanian
Resort and a Wellness Fair at the Seafarers Association on Wednesday, 20
October from 10am to 1pm, a Seniors’ Bash, again at the Red Bay Seafarers
Association, will take place on Friday, 29 October between 7pm and 10pm.

All districts will also be staging
community luncheons during October. The first luncheon will be the by
invitation only event staged in West Bay, on Thursday, 7 October at the Ramada
Grand Caymanian Resort.

The North Side luncheon will take
place at the district’s civic centre, between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday, 12
October, while in Bodden Town, Coe Wood Beach has also been selected to host
the 4pm to 7pm, on Saturday, 23 October dinner. The venue for the Monday, 18
October George Town lunch is the Walker’s Road Family Life Centre, between 10am
and 1pm.

East End’s meal will take place at
the civic centre, on Tuesday, 19 October between 10am and 1pm. And, on Cayman
Brac, a senior’s social celebration and the launch of the Cayman Brac Seniors
Social Club will take place on Thursday, 23 October at 7pm in the Aston Rutty
Centre.

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