PM attends celebrations for the elderly

POSTED: 10/8/12 3:58 PM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams attended various activities over the weekend showing her support for the end of the weeklong celebration of the elderly. The PM attended a church service at the St. Maarten Old People’s Home in St. John’s followed by a lunch at Lago Heights in St. Louis. The PM stated that it was her pleasure to attend the festivities celebrating the elderly. “Age is just a number because they are those younger in age than even me who do not have the joy for life and the liveliness of those of you. They are those who are not half as assertive as you are in terms of spirit, drive and determination. We are doing just by recognizing older persons here on St. Maarten so I would like you to enjoy this special week especially for you. Remember with pride the many things you have done for St Maarten over the years,” commented the Prime Minister.

Earlier last week Wescot-Williams said that the government is taking steps to alleviate the financial burden placed on the elderly, especially with regards to the increased cost of living. “When I go into a supermarket and realize the costs I ask myself what about those that rely on a fixed pension. That is why government continues to work hard at changing the law to increase the old age pension and the indexation. We are also contemplating what we can do about the high cost of living, which affects all of us. The elderly have contributed so much to the community and development of St. Maarten and I believe that you should be able to enjoy these years without having to wonder where they will get the finances.”

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