Month of the Elderly 2016

September- Month of the Elderly- well on its way

Activities for the Month of the Elderly, September, continues this week with Bitin Gwan Moun “Fashion Show Style.” This event will be on Friday September 16, from 11a.m. at the Anchorage Hotel.

."Seniors in Swimwear on the Runway is a real possibility," says one of the organisers. "And the senior models are very willing to play their part. There will be other entertainment, and if the success of the first “Bitin Gwan Moun” earlier this year is anything to go by, patrons are in for a great time.”

During the Month of the Elderly, the Dominica Council on Ageing (DCOA) is again leading the nation in recognizing and celebrating the valuable work of senior citizens in our midst.  

The theme for this year's observance of the Month of the Elderly is: Seniors & Youths – Building Age-Friendly Communities”.

“This theme is pertinent because building age-friendly communities is necessary if our society is to respond to the needs of our rapidly ageing population,” said His Excellency President Charles A. Savarin, when he officially declared the Month of the Elderly open with a radio address on September 1, 2016. “If our nation is to be judged as an age-friendly community, our policies, the services that we provide, the physical structures and buildings that we construct and the social environment that we create and live in, must be designed to help seniors live safely and enjoy good health and stay involved and active”.

The programme continued on Sunday September 11, when the DCOA joined the world in their observance of International Grand Parents Day.

Seniors, many of whom are grandparents, were celebrated and thanked for their contributions to our communities and the great sense of values that they continue to uphold within our families. This observance was mainly based in the churches and in keeping with this year's theme for the month.

People were reminded to treat the Elderly with more respect and gratitude and less abuse. Emphasis was also placed on the role of the youth vis-a-vis their elders.

Other activities for the observance of the Month of the Elderly are:

  • September 19 – Affiliated groups around the island will join the village of Pointe Michel in observance of the Feast of LaSalette
  • September 23 –“Dollar Day ($1.00)” in schools. DCOA in collaboration with the Ministry of Education will support seniors
  • September 25 – A National Activity at the Windsor Park Sport Stadium to culminate activities for the Month. At that event there will be a cricket match where the Dominica Council on Ageing will take on the Cabinet. A Centenarian will put on a spectacle by delivering the first bowl.
  • September 29 – A National Consultation on the 3rd Caribbean Conference on Elderly Abuse
  • September 30 – Closing of the Month of the Elderly: the Minister for Social Services will close the Month of the Elderly and observe 1st October as International Day of Older Persons
  • October 1– International Day of Older Persons. The theme for the day is Take a Stance against Ageism”.

The Dominica Council on Ageing requests the public’s support during the observance of the Month of the Elderly 2016.