Podcast: Dr Fleming On Issues Affecting Seniors

October 17, 2016

In the latest Bernews Podcast, we talk to Dr Claudette Fleming, the Executive Director of Age Concern, about issues affecting senior citizens in Bermuda.

Dr Fleming talks about research she has done in Bermuda as well as the effects of the recession on Age Concern’s members.

Bernews Podcast with Claudette Fleming

She also addresses the issue of income disparity and wealth transfer – where people sell their homes to have money to live off meaning less wealth is transferred to children.

Dr Fleming, who stressed she was speaking anecdotally, said: “I would say that at the height of the recession we were seeing more people in need of assistance and it was a shock to the system.” Since then, however, the extent of requests for support have fallen, she said.

34-minute podcast with Claudette Fleming:

“Today I am more concerned about the income gap that is happening very slowly and we are not recognizing it,” added Dr Fleming.

“We suffer from not living within our means and in times past we had access to money and that access is not so readily available now.”


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  1. Onion Juice says:

    Remember SpongeBob said money dont grow on trees, but $77 Million appeared from de sky god for a sailboat race for Billionaires and Fahy is renovating an office for $250,000 and renting an office in de process while de plush office at T.C.D that was available for him is too good for him (in other words Back O Town is degrading for him) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What a F!@#ing joke.

  2. paperboy says:

    Many good questions have been raised in this interview about Bermuda caring for our Seniors and the realities they currently face.

    Is there a on-line road map available for Seniors to assist with all the options available to them in the form of Government, Not-For-Profit or Private services?

    Who are the air traffic controllers and knowledgeable facilitators of these critical services in Bermuda and what are the gaps that we need to address?

    It looks like we are only exploring the tip of the iceberg on this important issue in Bermuda.