THE ADMIRED LONGEVITY of Barbadians could turn out to be a curse for the elderly as they face a possible future filled with high medical bills, not enough room in geriatric hospitals and limited, if any, assistance from Government.
The situation is of such concern to the association dedicated to retirees, that it is working to find a possible solution to the problem to make the golden years of Barbadians as comfortable as possible.
Statistics show that Barbados has the highest number of people over 65 years in the English-speaking Caribbean. The island is rivalled only by Cuba which also has a healthy number of senior citizens.
According to the figures from the 2010 Census, almost 13 per cent of Barbadians are over 65.
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