Woman celebrates 106th birthday; urges persons to “stay close to God”

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    Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry Ms. Wendy Guy-Hernandez presents 106-year-old Ms. Nelson with a Certificate of Achievement and Honour

    “Always try to have a close relationship with God, so that God’s blessings will be upon you.”

    That’s the advice of Ms Annie Nelson who celebrated her 106th birthday yesterday.

    She was the first person to be awarded under the Social Development Ministry’s recently re-launched National Centenarian Programme.

    This programme, which resumed on January 1st, 2022, seeks to honour citizens who are 100-year-old or older and to promote a sense of inclusion for such persons.

    When asked about her secret to longevity, Ms. Nelson, a Moruga native, said having a close relationship with God, good habits, good friends, and healthy meals are key.

    Persons interested in having a centenarian honoured can register via the Ministry’s website social.gov.tt and complete an online form.

    The same form can be emailed or printed and filled out and dropped off at the nearest Social Welfare office.