Screen_Shot_2014-03-19_at_7.46.00_PMThe Zenobia Meggs Helpage Center, on Stadium Street, was opened this afternoon and inside was a number of men and women enjoying some good old games. The event is part of an initiative taken up by the Help Age Center to provide senior citizens with a space to socialize and entertain their minds. Here is a look at what it was like for day one of an afternoon shared with friends.

Dalila Ical – Reporting

It was another warm afternoon but today at the Zenobia Meggs Helpage Center, the ambience was one of laughter and enjoyment.

For these approximately twenty senior citizens, it was the first afternoon spent together playing Bingo and Dominoes. At first glance it’s just another gathering organized by the center, but President Arcelia Leiva says there is more than meets the eye.

Arcelia Leiva – President

“At the same time we need to exercise our bodies but then also our minds so that we don’t forget things and that we keep our mind alert and so with this bingo I notice we have Mrs. Magdalena who is almost in her ninety years and she is happily playing and she recognises the numbers and it doesn’t mean that when you are old you can’t participate in this kinds of games to exercise their minds and she is quite alert and this is what we want, we want for the people to have  a dignified way of life and so these games will allow them to have more social life and to spend some time amongst their peers and to enjoy themselves.”

And enjoy they did. I was even invited to join one table playing dominoes, and as luck has it, I won my first game. And these golden citizens were a joy to be around today.

Rosa Vargas – Member

“Ya tiempos estoy esperando algo así, me gusta mucho, está muy divertido porque esto es una buena terapia para nosotros, lo necesitamos a esta edad, necesitamos algo así para que nos entretengamos.”

ArceliaLeiva – President

“They are happy that they are here and they are enjoying themselves.”

Already the group has suggested more games which Leiva says will be made available on their second game date.

Leiva says they will be holding the game dates once a month and anyone interested is welcomed to join in. The Helpage Centre will be announcing the date of the second event.

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