GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO PROMOTING ACTIVE AGEING

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Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Urban Development, Dr. Denis Lowe.

Government plans to offer more assistance to the local senior athletes, especially those who make the yearly trip to Utah for the Huntsman World Senior Games.

This is the word from Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Urban Development, Dr. Denis Lowe, under whose aegis the National Senior Games fall.

Speaking during a welcome reception for the senior athletes who returned from the Utah Games last evening, he said: “I continue to commit myself and my Ministry to ensuring that whatever resources are necessary to continue to enable them (senior athletes) to do the job that they are doing.”

Dr. Lowe added: “Certainly, the Ministry stands ready and able to continue to promote this kind of active ageing lifestyle, and hope that Barbados in general would adopt some of the practices of these wonderful athletes, as we continue to build a stronger and more cohesive society.”

Minister of Family, Youth, Sports, and Environment, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo.

Minister of Family, Youth, Sports, and Environment, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, who was also part of the welcoming party, said that her Ministry would also seek to do more to assist the senior athletes.

She remarked: “I don’t think that enough is being done through the Ministry of Sports for senior athletes and there is always a lot of talk about helping our younger athletes, but obviously to put money into the senior sports programme is definitely not a waste of time and certainly something that we need to look forward to.”

Dr. Byer Suckoo also spoke of the need for her Ministry to encourage healthy and active ageing.  “We also see it as important that the older people can get out and be part of some of kind sport, become physically active, because that way they can get an opportunity to remain healthy and stave off certain diseases that we know affect so many of our older people.”

Government contributed some Bds$ 140, 000 to assist the senior athletes who attended and participated in the Games. 

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