As sensitization on the rights of the elderly is highlighted this month, one professional believes the lack of information and preparedness for the ageing process can have negative impacts on one’s social life.
Carol Vasquez, President and founder of the Grenada Association for Retired Persons GARP, is leading the charge in getting elderly people to develop an appreciation for their advanced years.
She says as people grow older, they should be taught how to appreciate their aging.
It is one of the areas of focus of the non- profit organization, which caters for individuals aged fifty and over.
She however highlighted some grey areas that need urgent intervention, if people are to enjoy their golden years.
One setback identified is abuse.
GARP will be showing even greater appreciation to seniors in October, which has been designated the month of the elderly.
According to Vasquez, they work in close collaboration with the St George’s University in conducting diabetic clinics and the Ministry of Social Development to develop programs.
Presently their membership has risen to one hundred and ninety-eight strong, divided into a mainland zone, with a faction in Carriacou.