Never too old for fun

Fun, fun and more fun was had by all at the Geriatric Hospital today as a day of games and entertainment was held for the seniors. Here, as one of the residents enjoyed a game of Snakes and Ladders with friends she lands on the tongue of the snake and had to slide back to the bottom however that did not dishearten her. She continued smiling excitedly enjoying the music blaring and the conversations and friendships formed. (KC)

Residents at the Geriatric Hospital are in for a treat for this entire week.

As the Beckles Road St. Michael hospital celebrates their seniors, the week kicked off with a thanksgiving service on Sunday but the festivities really began this morning.

Close to 50 residents gathered on the front lawn of the home to partake in games. They played snakes and ladders, chess, dominoes, card, modified basketball and a much ingenious version of bowling; this one was equipped with soft drink bottles full of water, instead of the regular pins, and in some cases defeated the nurses and guests who the competed against. With the disc jockey booming the sweet sounds of 1980’s and 90’s calypsos in background many of the patients were at a point too distracted to continue playing the games and many of them chose to shake their legs or shoulders as they sat.

Entertainment was scheduled for the afternoon and this was much anticipated with the Garrison Steel Orchestra, Christine Carter and the Holy Trinity dancers expected to cause a stir. However it was Reddy Panners, later joined in an impromptu session by Cleveland Inniss on saxophone which received the loudest applause from the seniors.

This was the fourth year for the day of games and entertainment, coordinator Eundene Forte- Browne told Barbados TODAY that the patients enjoyed themselves tremendously.

“I think they like the outdoors because they spend so much time inside and I thought that outside would be so much better for them- today is a nice day and they could get to see more people who come into the hospital,” she said.

Celebrations continue tomorrow with an open day, where the craft the residents made will be on displayed. Since Forte-Browne said the patients were unable to attend Grand Kadooment during Crop-Over they would hold a mini Kadooment on Thursday for them and on Friday they would take them to Bath beach in St. John for a picnic. (KC)

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