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CFC Seniors Fair: Making the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life
Age ain ’t nothing but a number. As what French author Jules Renard said, it is not how old you are, but how you are old. And those who came to the CFC Seniors Fair last June 13, 2014 agree.

Held at the Valle Verde I Clubhouse, the CFC Seniors Fair welcomed about 400 CFC leaders and members in their senior years, not hoping to find the fountain of youth, but to learn how they can make the rest of their lives the best of their lives.

Resource speakers from partner institution United Bayanihan Foundation Inc. shared secrets to aging, not only gracefully but joyfully as well.

Rene Punsalan, CFC Seniors Program Coordinator, gave an overview of the CFC Seniors Program. CFC Executive Director George Campos gave an introductory talk titled “The Gift of Years: Leaving a Noble Inheritance.” He placed much premium on these words of Pope Francis: “The elderly are those who transmit history, doctrine, the faith, and gives this to us as an inheritance.”

Galo Leopando, a Unilab retiree, then spoke about the impact of an aging population, quoting Yoshihiko Fukuji, former Governor of Central Bank of Japan, “The ageing and declining population will have far-reaching impacts. Declining fertility rates will possibly increase immigration. The structure of family and society inevitably change.” Leopando then mentioned four important factors as important to a person’s aging, especially after one retires—mental health, physical health, social health and spiritual health.

“To retire means not to slow down. As the word implies, to re-tire means to put on a new set of wheels so we can go further,” shared Leopando. “Also, prays-cription will heal any illness,” he added.

Speaking about healing and illnesses of the elderly, Dr. Cheriedine Oro-Josef, Family Medicine Geriatrician, shared about “Malusog na Pamumuhay sa Paglipas ng Panahon”, and gave emphasis on the why’s and how’s of geriatric health.

Over all, the senior CFCs enjoyed the half-day event, with all the sessions, games, food and freebies prepared by UBF. And at the end of the day, senior CFCs went home with new zeal, as inspired by C. S. Lewis: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream.” (A. Alvarez)
Added on Saturday, June 28, 2014



 

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