Nearly 50 elders made the most of a
stress-free weekend at the Ramada Grand Caymanian Resort, part of the Older
Persons Month events.
The 7-10 October weekend kicked off
on Thursday with dinner, fellowship and a social gathering. Seniors from each
district performed and were entertained – there was even a pyjama party.
Other weekend activities included a
treasure hunt, a Camana Bay movie date, a ‘shopping on a budget’ contest at the
Strand Foster’s Food Fair, table games, worship at the John Gray Memorial
Church and a lunch at Champion House.
“Anyone who missed this retreat
lost out on a great time,” said Jane Ramoon. “It was nice that we could come
together to share and catch up on old times.”
Retreat organiser, Department of
Children and Family Services Community Development Coordinator Zemrie Thompson,
said that the weekend was specifically aimed at giving seniors quality time, a
break from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
“We scheduled fun events to get
everyone involved. It turned out to be a really positive interlude and the
seniors were able to bond with each other,” she said.
The grand finale was the Saturday
evening reception at the Ramada. The elder residents enjoyed a sumptuous meal
and went on to dance the night away. Entertainment was provided by Clive
Bennett and Keisha Webb, both of whom performed solos, and DJ Blemo Ross.
Agape Worship Centre Pastor Al
Ebanks blessed the gathering and the guest speaker, Minister of Community
Affairs, Gender and Housing Mike Adam, urged those in attendance to take time
out to forget their troubles and to seek spiritual renewal.
He also reminded them that many
people care about their welfare and are always looking out for their interests.
Children and Family Services Director
Deanna Look Loy was also on hand to encourage the seniors to regularly take
time for themselves and to strengthen connections with families and other
Educational and information
presentations were made by adult educator Maureen Hazle and HSA Genetics
Coordinator Joy Merren.