Tea party recognises elders

Older Persons Month got off to a convivial start earlier this month with the customary Governor’s Senior Tea Party.

Nearly 70 elders from the six districts shared tea-time treats with Governor Duncan Taylor and his wife Marie-Beatrice.

In his welcoming remarks at Government House, Mr. Taylor commented on the high level of respect for seniors that is widespread in Cayman. “I am impressed with the attitude I see in many here; there is a ready respect for seniors born out of the recognition that they are older and wiser.”

He said he is looking forward to getting to know the seniors better when he and his wife visit the districts.

Minister of Community Affairs, Gender and Housing Mike Adam thanked the older citizens for the many sacrifices they have made for family and community, and reaffirmed the government’s commitment to seniors. He also called on the wider community to work with relevant government entities for the betterment of older residents.

Deanna Look Loy, director of the Department of Children and Family Services, also indicated that there is need for groups to champion the cause of seniors. Noting the month’s theme, Older Persons in Economically Challenging Times, she suggested that adult children and their elderly parents needed to have serious discussions about financial issues at an early date.

The seniors enjoyed varied entertainment, including UCCI President and author Roy Bodden reading an excerpt from his book; a trumpet rendition of What a Wonderful World by Ian Lavine; and Roslyn Johnson singing I’d Rather Have Jesus.

Olive Miller led a team rendition of her composition Here at Last, the party’s annual theme song, before elders took to the dance floor to the strains of the North Side Kitchen Band. Ms Miller and Governor Taylor led the first dance.

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The Governor welcomed seniors visiting from Cayman Brac at his annual tea party in honour of the islands’ older citizens.
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