Ageing Well Committee
Ageing committee to release seniors strategy
An ageing well committee chaired by Government MP Derrick Burgess was announced this afternoon by David Burt, the Premier.
Comprising members of the private sector as well as the civil service, the committee is to produce is to produce a Bermudian charter of rights for seniors.
Members include staff from Ageing and Disability Services, the Department of Financial Assistance, the health insurance department, a gerontologist, and long-term care consultants for the Ministry of Health.
Mr Burgess said the charter aims to be “a reference document stating the fundamental principles and rights”, especially for those depending on others for care.
Mr Burgess said that Bermuda’s elderly population was rising: reports showed 8,716 residents aged 65 and older in 2010, which was set to rise 38 per cent to 12,062 by 2020 — while in a 2011 survey, 29 per cent of seniors reported having a disability.
Noting Mr Burgess’ history of advocacy for the elderly, Mr Burt called him “this Government’s voice and conscience on issues impacting our seniors”.
“In addition to these qualities, he is also a senior.”
Mr Burt said that an ageing well strategy, begun under the former Government, had been drafted and would be released for public consultation as early as next month.
The Premier added: “Living with dignity should not depend on how much money a senior has at his or her disposal.”
• To read the Premier’s remarks in full, click on the PDF under “Related Media”.