Games for Older Persons impress

2019-04-02 06:00

Senior citizens across the City of Cape Town were given an opportunity to showcase their talents at the annual Games for Older Persons held at the Green Point Track yesterday, Monday 1 April.

The event was aimed at promoting healthy living and active aging, and attracts about 4 000 attendees from various senior clubs and organisations annually.

Participants range from the age of 60 and above and had a range of options available to them including bowl-a-hole, basketball and duck walk, among others.

Cape Town mayor Dan Plato said the event was a highlight for many seniors and generates a buzz of excitement that was hard to beat. “The participants are advocates for healthy living, something which is very high on the list of priorities for our community services and health directorate. More important, they return year after year to prove that many older persons can give those far younger a run for their money,” he said.

Apart from the action on the track, the event also aimed to raise awareness about services available to older persons.

On the sidelines, attendees have access to health screening and related advice.

Plato further said that many households and communities lean heavily on their elders while some are able to carry the load.

“The reality is that many grapple with socio-economic realities like exploitation and neglect. There are also those who need access to specialised frail care.”

Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien said: “The Games for Older Persons, while focused on fun, also seeks to address these very delicate matters. We want our participants to leave the venue with a sense of accomplishment about their performance on the track and field, but also armed with the necessary information that they need to make informed choices about their personal health and well-being.”

Senior citizens across the City of Cape Town were given an opportunity to showcase their talents at the annual Games for Older Persons held at the Green Point Track on Monday 1 April.

The event was aimed at promoting healthy living and active aging, and attracts about 4 000 attendees from various senior clubs and organisations every year.

Participants range from the age of 60 and above and had a range of options available to them including bowl-a-hole, basketball and duck walk, among others.

Cape Town mayor Dan Plato said the event was a highlight for many seniors and generates a buzz of excitement that was hard to beat.

“The participants are advocates for healthy living, something which is very high on the list of priorities for our community services and health directorate. More important, they return year after year to prove that many older persons can give those far younger a run for their money,” he said.

Apart from the action on the track, the event also aimed to raise awareness about services available to older persons.

On the sidelines, attendees have access to health screening and related advice.

Plato further said that many households and communities lean heavily on their elders while some are able to carry the load.

Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien said: “We want our participants to leave the venue with a sense of accomplishment.”

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