Barbadians are being encouraged to join in the celebrations to mark Senior Citizens’ month which began today.
During this month, the spotlight will be on this island’s seniors, and various organisations, both governmental and non-governmental, will stage a number of activities in their honour.??
The St. Lucy District Hospital will commence their events this Sunday, September 4, with a church service at its Hopewell, St. Lucy institution, beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Activities continue at that location on Monday, September 5, when the Hospital hosts an Open Day for the public. Persons are invited to visit and view the patients’ art and craft displays, as well as to observe the typical day-to-day activities of the facility. There will also be games and other activities.
On Tuesday, September 6, the Hospital will then stage a Sports Day on its grounds, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Patients from other District Hospitals across the island will join with those from that institution and will compete in various races and participate in sporting events, such as the egg and spoon race and tug-of-war.
The National Assistance Board (NAB), whose mandate is to provide a range of social support and recreational services for the elderly, will then officially open its Seniors’ Recreational Activities Programme at the Carrington Wesleyan Holiness Church, Welches, St. Michael, on Thursday, September 8, at 10:00 a.m.
The Board will also hold a Senior Citizens’ Health Expo on the St. Matthias Anglican Church grounds on Wednesday, September 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Various activities are scheduled for the day, including a lecture by representatives of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, breast screening by the Barbados Cancer Society, health checks by the Diabetes Association of Barbados, food demonstrations by Marion Hart and a dancercise session.
A highlight of the NAB’s events for Senior Citizens’ Month will be the seven-day cruise on board the Carnival Victory, which is scheduled to set sail Wednesday, September 21. The cruise, which is organised by the NAB annually, will leave Barbados and visit St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, before returning to Barbados on Wednesday, September 28. Interested persons may contact the NAB at 426-3131 for more details.
Another organisation which will be commemorating the month is the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP). On Saturday, September 24, they will host an Elder Appreciation Day at Pax Hill, Belmont Road, St. Michael, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Seniors will be treated to entertainment by local artistes, health checks and prizes. There will also be food and drinks on sale.