Prime Minister attends various activities to Celebrate Week of Older Persons Celebrations

Government is taking steps to alleviate the financial burden on the elderly

The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable 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 that was especially held at the St. Maarten Old Home in St. John’s followed by a celebratory lunch Senior Citizens Fete at Lago Heights in St. Louis. The PM stated that it was her pleasure to celebrate 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.

During comments made earlier in the week the PM stated that Government is taking steps to alleviate the financial burden placed on the elderly, especially with regards to the increase in the price 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, both the indexation but in addition to that Government is increasing the pension amount. We are also contemplating what we can do with regards to 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. So with those words I would like to say thank you, thank you, thank you!" ended the Prime Minister.