Older Persons Month Reimagined
The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is hosting a socially distanced Older Persons Month (OPM) this October. The theme of this year’s observation is “Life Stories: Then and Now.”
“Older persons carry the collective memory of the Cayman Islands. Our spoken ‘people’s history’ is every bit as important as what is written in books. Culture and heritage can also be transmitted from each generation in this way. We can learn many important life lessons from the past, which can give direction to our shared future,” she concluded.
The month-long observance starts on Thursday, 1 October – International Day of Older Persons – with the first airing of a five-part documentary series. The “Life Stories” programming broadcast airs on CIGTV, 6.30 pm Thursdays. The half-hour long interviews with older Caymanians explaining aspects of their lives will also air on government’s YouTube and social media channels.
Instead of an Opening Church Service, local churches in each district have been asked to set aside one Sunday service in October to reflect on the life stories of older persons. Ministry of Community Affairs Chief Officer, Ms Teresa Echenique said: “I appreciate the challenges that our older persons have faced recently, as a result of COVID-19, and it is therefore extremely important that our seniors have something to look forward to and participate in for the month ahead. We have always had a tremendous response to our Older Persons Month activities, and although this year we have had to make some adjustments to our approach, I encourage seniors to attend activities in their districts.
“DCFS staff have as usual put a lot of effort into planning these events. I want to thank them in advance for what is a particularly busy time of year for them. I’d also like to extend the Ministry’s appreciation to our private and public sector sponsors for their continued support,” she concluded.
Copies of the OPM events calendar can be picked up at the Government Administration Building, public libraries, supermarkets and district clinics. Alternatively, it can be viewed online at the DCFS Facebook page https://bit.ly/2HFmEx3