Senior Clerk at the NAB, Colleen Hunte, giving a demonstration to some of the seniors attending the seminar today at the St. Matthias Anglican Church, Christ Church. (C.Pitt/BGIS)
The St. Matthias Anglican Church grounds were a hive of activity today as the National Assistance Board (NAB) staged its Senior Citizens’ Health Expo there.
The event was one of the highlights of Senior Citizens’ Month, which is currently being celebrated across Barbados. Over 200 senior citizens, including participants of the NAB’s Recreational Activities Programme and residents of Hastings, Christ Church and surrounding districts, flocked to the church grounds to take part in the activities.
Senior Welfare Officer of the NAB, Colleen Walcott, said the Expo was designed to bring awareness to physical, psychological and spiritual health issues among the elderly and noted that there would be a variety of activities to address each of those areas.
The day’s proceedings officially began with a church service and continued with lectures from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the National Nutrition Centre and Abbott Laboratories International. The Royal Barbados Police Force and representatives from the Environmental Health Department were also on hand to discuss safety and the importance of clean surroundings, which, according to Ms. Walcott, "are very critical in the whole maintenance of health".
Seniors were treated to manicures and pedicures; blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol tests by the Diabetes Association; breast screening by the Barbados Cancer Society and a dancercise session.