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Tuesday, September 29, 2015.  Aaron Humes Reporting: The week of September 28 to October 3 is Older Persons Week. About 7 percent of the Belizean population is above the age of 60, but many still work and are active in the community at all levels.

Under the theme “Sustainability and Age: Inclusiveness in the Urban Community,” Helpage Belize is drawing attention to the plight of older persons with a number of activities. vlcsnap-2015-09-29-17h30m12s283

Today in Belize City a group of senior women led by Myrna Manzanares passed a pleasant afternoon recounting stories of their youth and middle age. Executive Director of Helpage Ivorine Bulwer tells us older persons must be recognized for their contributions and helped to solve their unique problems such as access to quality and affordable services.

Bulwer says older persons can still contribute actively to the society and economy, as shown in the exhibited art pieces on display at the center.

Other planned activities in Belize City include taking turkey dinner meals to shut-ins on the International Day of Older Persons on Thursday, October 1, and a day of pampering at the main office on Friday with free manicures and pedicures. Elsewhere countrywide there will be such events as a seenagers’ pageant in Seine Bight, a walkathon in San Ignacio at the Octavia Waight Center, and many other activities.

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