Older Persons Active Ageing Centre

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About the OPAAC

The Older Persons Active Ageing Centre (OPAAC) is the central hub of services and activities catering to the needs of older persons in the Cayman Islands. The OPAAC combines the strengths of the Elderly Services Unit of the Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) and the Needs Assessment Unit (NAU), allowing them to collaborate on mutually beneficial service delivery to older persons.

The OPAAC:

  • Provides a centralised location for older persons to receive services and access programme activities;
  • Delivers assistance that will be timely and specialised;
  • Promotes a multi-service agency approach;
  • Accommodates and encourages interaction through various forms;
  • Affords the opportunity for talent sharing and displaying of arts and crafts;
  • Displays a consistent level of respect and care for older persons; and
  • Provides services to adults with special needs;

Vision:

Advancing the well-being of Older Persons (Cayman Islands Older Persons Policy 2016-2035).

Mission:

The Centre exists to promote healthy ageing and independence of older persons through the provision of services and programmes.

Value Statement:

  • We promote the rights, values, beliefs and feelings of older persons.
  • We advocate fair, equitable and respectful treatment of older persons’ is maintained and preserved.
  • We encourage older persons to maintain their sense of independence in their daily activities, where possible, regardless of age.
  • We promote an active, secure and healthy lifestyle for older persons.
  • We provide a confidential, safe, welcoming and energising environment.
  • We provide and promote opportunities for older persons to engage in educational, cultural, spiritual and recreational activities.
  • We promote intergenerational opportunities for older persons to interact with younger members of our society.

What We Do

We provide social work intervention and case management services to older persons (legally residing in the Cayman Islands), which includes investigation reports of elderly abuse, assessments for residential care placements, advocacy and referrals to other agencies, as needed.

We provide temporary and permanent financial assistance to older persons (legally residing in the Cayman Islands), which includes assistance with food, rent and utilities, conduct assessments to determine eligibility for health insurance and housing repairs.

Ongoing educational and well-being programmes and activities catering to the needs of older persons.

Key Persons

  • Cassandra Fearon
    Social Work Manager
  • Ernie Pearson
    Needs Assessment Supervisor
  • Angela Mowbrary
    Administrative Support Team
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Contact

Physical Address: 131 Maclendon Drive, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Email: opaac@gov.ky

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

FOI Contact

Needs Assessment Unit

Department of Children & Family Services

Ministry of Community Affairs

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Last Updated 2021-03-04