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Centenarian Celebration is big part of Senior Citizens Month

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - Sumafu Pa'go Para Minaolek Agupa or "Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow" is the theme for Senior Citizens Month 2014.   

It's a feat only a handful get to see - to live to be one hundred years old. "This year we have six honorees as well as two who are being honored posthumously. It's going to be at St. Dominics Senior Care Center on Tuesday," explained program manager for the National Family Caregiver Support Program Kavita Re. She explains that it's a birthday bash like no other, adding, "We do have a recognition ceremony for them. They're presented with gifts, a legislative recognition, the governor's recognition and occasionally the president's recognition."

But it's not just birthdays we're celebrating as Guma Gineflie Dementia Center's Julie Perez says growing old never looked so good. According to 2010 census data, Guam's elderly represent roughly 17,000 of the island's population with this figure expected to increase in coming years.

In line with Senior Citizens Month, Perez encourages all to celebrate the frail elderly mass on Wednesday. "The frail elderly mass is sponsored by the Catholic Social Services and usually what we do is we have the frail elderly mass and the May crowning," she said. "It's something that a lot of our manamkos here on the island like to come because most of the people here are still Catholics and are still very spiritually inclined so this kind of event is something that they look forward to," she said.

The Centenarian Celebration is scheduled for tomorrow from 9 a.m. to one p.m. at the St. Dominics Senior Care Home.

The frail elderly mass is scheduled to take place at both the Adult Day Care Dementia Center and the Barrigada location at 10 a.m. with an open house to follow.

For more information and a complete list of events, call the Division of Senior Citizens at 735-7421.
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