A month-long celebration of older people began on Tuesday with a lunch for more than 150 seniors at the University College of the Cayman Islands.
The afternoon included praise and worship, as well as musical performances, and involved volunteers from the Lions Club and the police.
The month of events on the theme, “Listening to our older persons,” aims to recognize the contribution of seniors in the community.
Member of the Legislative Assembly and Councilor for the Ministry of Home and Community Affairs Alva Suckoo lauded seniors during the event. “Without their contributions,” he said, “we would lose our connection to our heritage, our culture and our sense of who we are. Our seniors are equipped with a wealth of knowledge. All we have to do is ask them.”
Alicia Dixon, director of the Department of Child and Family Services, said, “Although many continue to make a positive difference through voluntary work, we need to create permanent and sustainable activities for older persons so they can maintain active contributors to society.”
Other events planned this month include a tea party at the Governor’s House, as well as more social gatherings throughout most districts.