Post-pandemic Symposium on Ageing, Resilience and Coping

Event Date(s): 15/06/2022

The population of the Caribbean, like much of the rest of the world, is ageing (ECLAC, 2015). Advances in medicine, technology, and the changing needs of Caribbean families and the economy have led to ageing populations adapting to their changing environment and contributing to families and the society long after retirement from formal work. 

From across developing countries, there is evidence of the productivity, creativity, vitality and participation of older adults in workplaces, communities, households, and families. The elderly in the Caribbean plays an integral role in the development of our society by providing wisdom and experiences and contributing to intergenerational support (financial, physical, mental). Their wisdom and experience are also sources of strength that have placed them as assets to society. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly spread all over the world since December 2019. Various international studies show that COVID-19 and the related public health restrictions have impacted the social, economic, psychological, and emotional well-being of aging populations. Despite these studies, no research has yet been conducted on the well-being of the elderly in Trinidad and Tobago. 

This virtual symposium brings together a diverse set of experts in the field of gerontology  

(Including researchers, government officials, educators, architects, social workers, civil society, service providers and representatives of the aging populations etc.) to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the aging population in Trinidad and Tobago as it relates to the challenges they experienced and their demonstrations of strengths and resilience.

Featured Speakers:  

  • Dr. Jennifer Rouse - First Director of Ageing, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Mayling Youngalo - TTARP representative.
  • Mr. Grahame Cook - Trinity View Assisted Living for Seniors.
  • Ms. Chinyere Johnson - Ageing in Place Specialist.
  • Ms. Particia Boynes - Representative of the elderly population.
  • Dr. Faith B.Yisrael - THA Health Secretary. 

This Symposium will be hosted virtually on Wednesday, June 15 at 5p.m. Interested persons are invited to register in advance by clicking here:



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