Cayman celebrates seniors this month

The Department of Children and Family Services is celebrating Senior Citizens Month with a series of activities during the month of October.

The theme of this year’s appreciation for those aged 65 and over is ‘Positive Ageing’, according to the department.

Community Affairs Ministry Chief Officer Teresa Echenique said, “The Older Persons Month calendar is now available in public outlets and online, and I strongly urge seniors, their families and carers of seniors to familiarise themselves with the events scheduled throughout

next month and attend as many events as possible.”

Activities kick off on Tuesday, 1 Oct., with an International Day of Older Persons Garden Party at Pedro St. James. The event, as well as officially launching the observance, will announce this year’s Older Persons Month

Ambassadors. The open-air event is open to all seniors and care givers.

Twenty-nine other activities are planned across the three islands over the next 22 days.

Department of Children and Family Services Director Paulinda Mendoza-Williams said, from traditional events like island tours, the Big Stage variety show and the Older Persons Gala, which will close out the month, to newer events like the many gym days and movie screenings, Older Persons Month is set to be an entertaining and interactive month for the seniors.

Dorline Welcome of Children and Family Services with Carlton West at last year’s Older Persons Month Tea Party.

She said DCFS staff have spent many hours planning and refining ideas for these older person activities as part of their outreach mandate.

For more information on Older Persons Month, collect events calendar at the Government Administration Building, public libraries, supermarkets, district clinics, community centres, churches or contact DCFS at 949- 0290 or view schedule on- line at http://bit.ly/2m3piSX and http://bit.ly/2n3DjA0.

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