The State is deepening discussions with the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Retired Persons as the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose several challenges on older persons in Trinidad and Tobago.
On Wednesday Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Donna Cox, met with members of the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Retired Persons.
Minister Cox says the objective of the meeting was to determine ways in which the older persons can continue to lead healthy, active, and fulfilling lives within their communities, whilst mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 virus through partnership with the organization.
Discussions also focused on youth mentorship and other avenues to encourage safe intergenerational interaction between older persons and their younger counterparts; homes for Older Persons Act; a Public Information Education and Sensitization Sessions for the TTARP members and the re-vitalization of a Skills Bank targeted to vulnerable groups.
The meeting took place at the Ministry’s Head Office on St Vincent Street, Port of Spain at 10:00 AM. During the meeting, Minister Cox indicated that prior to joining office, and even more so since assuming the role as Minister, she has always taken a keen interest in issues surrounding older persons and welcomes such opportunities for the advancement of this particular cohort of persons in Trinidad and Tobago.