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May is Older Americans Month

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday signed a proclamation designating May as Older Americans Month in the social hall of the Saipan Senior Citizens Center.

He said the CNMI recognizes the importance of bringing together all generations, and engaging in activities that promote their physical, mental, and emotional well-being for the benefit of all.

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The manamko’ at the Senior Citizens Center enjoy their lunch after the proclamation signing for Older Americans Month.
Manamko’ King Nick Muna and Manamko’ Queen Rafaela Perry with Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter and Special Assistant for Administration Shirley Camacho-Ogumoro.
Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, first lady Diann Torres, Rep. Richard Lizama, Rep. Joseph Flores and Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter at the Senior Citizens Center.  Contributed photos

The CNMI, he added, can enhance the lives of the elderly by promoting home and community-based services that support independent living.

He also encouraged the manamko’ to get involved in community events and other activities that provide opportunities for older adults to work, volunteer, learn, lead and mentor.

With the governor at the proclamation-signing ceremony were first lady Diann Torres, Rep. Richard Lizama, Rep. Joseph Flores, Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter and Special Assistant for Administration Shirley Camacho-Ogumoro.

Rita Reyes, president of the Saipan Senior Citizens Advisory Council, thanked the CNMI government and the other sectors in the community for supporting the manamko’.

The English version of the proclamation was read by Jesus B. Pangelinan while Rita Reyes read the Chamorro version and Juana Somol read the Carolinian version.

In his remarks, Office on Aging Director Walter Manglona said his office develops, coordinates and delivers support service to the elderly, people with disabilities, including their family and caregivers.

“We will continue to maximize our clients’ independence, well-being, and health,” he added.

Manglona said the Office on Aging aims to provide opportunities for seniors so they can continue to play an active role in the community, and to live their lives with meaning and dignity.

This year, he said the manamko’ will participate in an “Iron Chef” cooking contest.

He added that the manamko’ are currently working on a cook book titled “Island Treasurers, Recipes and Memories of the Manamko’,” and are preparing a cook show “Cooking with Grandma” which will be focused on proper nutrition and health.

In addition, Manglona said they will produce a new feature film.

“The Office on Aging, with the continuous support of the Administration for Community Living, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, our great administration in the CNMI, and our awesome Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter, will continue to strive to provide the best services to our manamko’, people with disabilities, their family and caregivers,” Manglona said.