East End seniors recently learned how to assist others in the event of a life and death situation.
Trained Emergency Medical Technicians, along with an officer from the Police Marine demonstrated life saving procedures during a social gathering at the East End United Church Hall Tuesday morning.
After a short devotion and greetings from seniors committee chair Yvonne Miller, the group went through important issues regarding health safety.
Throughout the day, seniors also enjoyed fellowship, working on crafts, prayer time and home cooked food and cakes.
Always the happy spirit at most East End seniors gathering, Frank Conolly, 86, said he would not miss an event to get lots of smooches from the girls in the group.
“I think we have a grand time, it is good for us to get together to fellowship, meet friends and learn something new. All the girls give me a kiss, which keeps me feeling younger. They could have it every week if it was left up to me, I love it that much,” Mr. Conolly said.
“Having the professionals come in and share their expertise with the group helps keep them updated and feeling a part of what’s taking place,” Ms Miller said.
Twice a month the seniors meet at the church hall. A professional guest speaker is usually invited to give educational talks.
“Most of the time a minister from various churches in the community will come out and fellowship with the seniors,” Ms Miller said. She supports the group with the help of the Department of Children and Family Services’ Delmira Bodden, Carmen Conolly and Gwelda Conolly.
The seniors group got started some 13 years ago with the help of Pastor Randolph Turner.
As Mr. Turner moved around the community of East End, he noticed that the older people were stuck at home. He went to the Social Services Department for assistance and with the help of Donna Conolly started the group.
Since that time, the group has grown with some 20 to 30 seniors enjoying such events as old-time Christmas parties, plays, skits outings and fellowship.
“The seniors are very active,” Ms Bodden said. “They have toured the three islands, went on trips, had lunch at The Ritz-Carlton visited the dolphins and participated in a number of arts and crafts events.”
Planned in the near future is a big old-time celebration bash, which will includes seniors from Bodden Town and North Side.