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Visitors to Bermuda who are over 65 are not eligible for discounts at any stores or public transportation (buses and ferries), as they are on presentation of their passports or other acceptable forms of ID when visiting and traveling through most of Europe and beyond For Bermuda residents, the Ministry of Health and Family Services is The Bermuda Government ministry with responsibility for health and welfare for all including seniors and disabled.
Its mission is to promote and maintain the physical, mental and social well-being of the 64,300 permanent residents of Bermuda in its 21 square miles of land area.
These 35% live below the poverty line, at least ,000 less than the Bermuda poverty line (incomes of ,000 or less for one-person income households by Government).
(In the UK, the poverty line is 151 a week, according to the UK's National Pensioners Convention).
Among 200 people with a learning disability, 118 were cared for by relatives many of whom were over 60-years-old. Perinchief said: These statistics speak volumes about the magnitude and impact of disability on people in our community from disabled persons themselves, to their friends, family and support networks.
Bermuda spends far more on its government than it does on its senior citizens.
Bermuda's seniors who are not rich, not earning an average income of over ,000 a year or a decent pension, and don't own their own homes (more than 43%) are appallingly badly off compared to seniors in less affluent countries who are far better looked after by their governments.35 percent of seniors in Bermuda make less than ,000 a year, according to the Seniors Test for Ageing and Trends (STATS) survey.
There is no equivalent in Bermuda, in types of services offered to senior citizens and the disabled, of Age UK - see in the United Kingdom or AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) in the USA or Canadian Association of Retired Persons (see
(There is a local Age Concern entity, concerned about the plight of seniors, active for their financial better quality of life but without the same powers as the AARP in USA and Age UK. For Bermudian senior citizen owners of real estate who apply for it, with no means testing.
However, even with the 50% reduction, those Bermuda seniors who are not disabled pay hugely more than seniors in the UK.