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Fun day for aged

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Fun day for aged

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YESTERDAY WAS a day of fun and relaxation for some patients of Government-owned district hospitals.
They had a scenic bus ride and a picnic and were entertained by the Royal Barbados Police Force Band as well as popular saxophonist Gerald “Seaman” Hunte.
They danced and they also shared jokes. The picnic took place at Silver Sands Beach, where 160 senior citizens and the people who look after them were treated by the National Committee on Ageing.
Chairman of the committee, Maizie Barker-Welch, told the DAILY NATION that the day was organised to show the elderly and those who took care of them daily that they were appreciated and loved.
“They would have all come on buses from across the island, enjoying a nice scenic ride. When they get here we give them something to drink and a nice lunch,” said Barker-Welch.
She also revealed that as of Easter 2011 the committee was aware of 72 centenarians on the island. Research was going on to determine the exact number of centenarians, she said.
Lucille Daisley, a resident of the Geriatric Hospital, did a lot of dancing at the picnic and even attempted to direct the Police Band.  
“I good. I dancing,” she told the DAILY NATION.