Friday 4 December, 2020

Grenada's elderly population projected to grow in 2020

Today is International Day of Older Persons which is being recognised across the world.   

For Grenada, it brings to the fore that its older population is expected to increase in 2020. 

Minister for Social Development Delma Thomas said figures from Grenada’s Central Statistical Office indicate persons 60 years and over which was 15.7 per cent of the population in 2018, is projected to rise to 25 per cent in 2020.  

Minister of Social Development, Delma Thomas

Thomas noted due to cautionary measures as a result of COVID-19, activities have been drastically scaled down for Grenada’s month-long observance of the elderly for October. 

The theme for this year’s International Day of Older Persons is ‘Pandemics: Do they change how we address age and ageing?’ 

The Social Development minister said the pandemic has made more difficult, challenges already faced by older persons.  

This includes lack of access to healthcare, abuse from family and care givers in residential and care facilities, increased poverty, discrimination and impacts on their mental health  

Thomas said the government will continue to work towards improving the lives of Grenada’s older population.  

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