Pattaya-area seniors were encouraged to get out and make friends at a Nongprue elderly mental health event.
Mayor Mai Chaiyanit opened the “first steps to having good mental health” event Jan. 22 at the Chalermprakiat Health Garden.
Part of the subdistrict’s holistic mental health promotion project, the event was aimed at boosting the self-esteem of senior citizens by encouraging them to socialize and join activities outside their homes.
Hopefully, Mai said, it will lead to the elderly having more friends of their own and different ages and being happier and healthier.
Sangkarat Pongsiri Papatsaro, assistant abbot at Sattahip Temple and head of the Khao Ploy Dharma Retreat, lectured on the role of dharma in daily life for seniors and offered practical training in using it.
The seniors also were entertained by the Rumdule Club’s Laotian girl dance troupe, Onsorn dances and a lucky draw.