(CMR) The public is being encouraged to participate in activities commemorating Older Persons Month, which is being observed in the Cayman Islands throughout the month of October.
The UN General Assembly designated 1st October as the International Day of Older Persons. However, the Ministry responsible for Social Development through its Department of Children and Family Services has gone one step further by organizing an annual, month-long celebration in October called Older Persons Month.
“The general purpose of the Council of Older Persons is to champion and advocate for an enhanced quality of life for all older persons. We are, therefore, acutely aware of the importance of Older Persons Month and not only the need to ensure that older persons’ contributions and talents are celebrated, but also that they are supported and protected,” Lucille Seymour, Chair, Council of Older Persons
“This is why this year's theme: “Moving towards age-friendly communities,” is so timely and critical. In an age-friendly community, the policies, services, and structures related to the physical and social environment are designed to help older persons age actively. Put simply, the community must be set up to help older persons live safely, enjoy good health, and stay involved,” she added.
Ms. Seymour further stated that “We must remember, however, that the advancement and welfare of older persons is not just a social development or human services concern, but rather one that spans across all areas of life, and there is, therefore, much work left to be done. It is especially important when you look at the population figures in the 2021 Census, which indicate that people aged 65 and over make up the fastest-growing demographic.
Three individuals have been chosen to represent Older Persons Month as its 2022 Ambassadors: MargueritaBodden (Cayman Brac), Renford Barnes & Alice Jackson.