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The Countdown to An Eventful Older Persons Month Begins

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The Countdown to An Eventful Older Persons Month Begins

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) under the Ministry of Community Affairs is gearing up for a busy October with the advent of its observance of Older Persons Month (OPM). The theme of this year’s appreciation of those aged 65 plus is “Positive Ageing.”

 

With 29 activities planned across the three islands over 22 days, it is anticipated that if previous years are anything to go by, many of our seniors will attend several of the events.

 

“The theme for our 2019 Older Persons Month reflects the continuing focus of the Ministry and the Department to promote and assist our ageing population,” said the Ministry’s Chief Officer Teresa Echenique.

 

“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.”

 

Older Persons Month will this year kick off on Tuesday, 1 October 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. As with all OPM activities, the open air event in the historic setting is open to all seniors as well as carers.

 

“Studies show that persons are living longer here and throughout the globe. Having a positive mental outlook, good health and continuing interest in the world around you and assistance when needed are the hallmarks of ageing well. Both the Ministry and DCFS are heavily invested in continuing to develop world-class services and programmes for seniors that support and advance this ethos,” she added.

 

“From the traditional island tours, Big Stage variety show and the close-out Older Persons Gala to newer events like the many Gym Days and the Movie Screening, OPM is set to be an entertaining and interactive month for our seniors,” said DCFS Director Paulinda Mendoza-Williams.

 

“DCFS staff have spent many hours planning and refining ideas for these OPM activities as part of their outreach mandate. This is on top of their already heavy caseloads and duties. They will be working full days in the month to come, and supervising the many weekend and evening events. As well as thanking them in advance, I’d like to take this opportunity to express gratitude to our many generous public and private sector sponsors and individual donors, for their support and contributions,” she concluded.

 

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

 

Older Persons Month 2019 Calendar

 

The Ministry of Community Affairs’ Department of Children and Family Services is hosting this year’s Older Persons Month in October. The annual observance’s events, on all three islands next month, are free and open to all older persons and their carers.

 

 

TUESDAY, 1 OCT - International Day of Older Persons Garden Party - Pedro St. James, 3pm-6pm

 

THURSDAY, 3 OCT - Panel Discussion on Radio Cayman Talk Today - Constitution Hall (formerly George Town Town Hall), 10am-11:30am

 

• Cayman Brac Island Tour - 9am-1pm | Call to register

 

FRIDAY, 4 OCT - Gym Day for Older Persons - Bliss Yoga, 1:30pm-2:15pm. Call to register

 

SATURDAY, 5 OCT - Circle of Love Fellowship Brunch - Triple C School Hall, 10:00am-12:30pm

 

SUNDAY, 6 OCT - Opening Church Service - Wesleyan Holiness Church (West Bay), 11am

 

MONDAY, 7 OCT - Grand Cayman Island Tour. Call to register

 

TUESDAY, 8 OCT - Bingo Night - Aston Rutty Civic Centre, Cayman Brac, 7pm-9pm

 

WEDNESDAY, 9 OCT - Grand Cayman Island Tour. Call to register

 

THURSDAY, 10 OCT - The Big Stage - Harquail Theatre, 6pm-8pm

 

FRIDAY, 11 OCT - Gym Day for Older Persons - Bliss Yoga, 1:30pm-2:15pm. Call to register. Body Alive Gym and King’s Sports Centre. Call to register

 

• Little Cayman Tour & Social. Call to register

 

SATURDAY, 12 OCT - Tea Party, The Pines, 4pm-6pm

 

MONDAY, 14 OCT - Talk Today Radio Programme, Radio Cayman, 12pm

 

• Cayman Brac Island Tour - 9am-1pm. Call to register

 

TUESDAY, 15 OCT - Movie Screening - Camana Bay, 1pm

 

WEDNESDAY, 16 OCT - For the Health of It, Radio Cayman, 7pm

 

THURSDAY, 17 OCT - Presentation on Court Services & Legal Advice, Elmslie Memorial United Church Hall, 10am-11:30am

 

FRIDAY, 18 OCT - Gym Day for Older Persons - Bliss Yoga, 1:30pm-2:15pm. Call to register.

 

• Body Alive Gym. Call to register

 

• Old Time Cooking - Youth Development Centre, Cayman Brac, 9am-1pm

 

SATURDAY, 19 OCT - Bingo Night - Lions Community Centre, 5pm-7pm

 

SUNDAY, 20 OCT - Special Church Service - Crossroads United Baptist Church, Cayman Brac, 11am

 

TUESDAY, 22 OCT - Nurse Josie’s Seniors Center Tour & Lunch - Bodden Town, 10am-12:30pm

 

WEDNESDAY, 23 OCT - Cayman Brac Social, Aston Rutty Civic Centre, Cayman Brac, 10am-2pm

 

FRIDAY, 25 OCT - Gym Day for Older Persons - Bliss Yoga, 1:30pm-2:15pm. Call to register. King’s Sports Centre. Call to register

 

SATURDAY, 26 OCT - Older Persons Gala - Margaritaville Resort, 6pm-10pm.

 

Limited space. Call to register

 

For transport & to register for events contact: West Bay: Vanda Powery (916-7902), George Town: Dorline Welcome (925-4083), Bodden Town: Flavia Gardener (926-0490)/Carol Bodden (924-3309), North Side: Flavia Gardener (926-0490), East End: Delmira Bodden (925-5543) and Cayman Brac/Little Cayman: Annie Rose Scott (925-9872/916-7310).

 


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