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St. Maarten Prime Minister promises seniors relief

10/2/12

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams attended the International Day of the Elderly event hosted by the Home Away From Home Foundation on Monday. The PM said that it was her pleasure to celebrate the day at the Emilio Wilson Estate with all those present: “Age is just a number because there are those younger in age than even me who do not have the joy for life and the liveliness of those of you. There are those who are not half as assertive as you are in terms of spirit, drive and determination. We are doing the right thing by recognizing older citizens here in St. Maarten so I would like you to enjoy this special week. Remember with pride the many things you have done for St Maarten over the years,” the prime minister said.

Wescot-Williams said that 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 with regards to the high cost of living that affects all of us.”

The PM stressed that with the current economic climate the island should look at her elderly to learn on how to work and till the soil. “With technology and the know-how of our elders we can enable St. Maarten to increase its self-sustainability. 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 from. So with those words I would like to say thank you, thank you, thank you.”

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