TTARP is a non-profit service organisation that allows mature citizens (persons 50 years and older) to access Benefits they may not have enjoyed before.
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The first Association of Retired Persons (AARP) was started in the U.S.A. in 1958 by Dr. Ethel Percy Adrus, a retired high school principal. It evolved out of the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA) which she had established in 1947 and new programmes and services were subsequently added and proved popular and highly effective. Upshot-Membership has grown from 50,000 in 1958, to over 33 million in 1991.
The idea has since spread to many other countries and today there are millions of members of Retired Persons Association in the UK, Europe, Australia, etc.
Locally, M & M Insurance Broking Services Limited asked a number of prominent senior citizens headed by Ken Gittens, Vernon Glean and J. Maurice Quesnel all of whom are deceased, to look into a version of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and evaluate the advantages of implementation.
When all the data were assembled, the possibilities looked attractive and workable and so with M & M’s assistance, TTARP was started. Subsequent announcements and advertisements gained National attention and resulted in many members being enrolled. Indeed the benefits of membership, including attractive discounts on a wide range of goods and services, would serve senior citizens well.
Actually, the list is a very long one, but a brief summary would show M&M Insurance Broking Services Limited with Premium Savings and other tangible benefits, with discounts in more than sixty-two categories throughout Trinidad and Tobago. A few examples would be Tru Valu, Massy Stores, Optomistrist Today, Standard Distributors, Superpharm, Movie Towne, Courts, Laughlin & De Gannes, etc.
To achieve these objectives, four distinct streams of activity are engaged in:
- Tangible Benefits – i.e. Discounts etc. as stated above;
- Affordable medical, dental, diagnostic and clinical care services; and
- Death Benefit\Term Insurance Plan
With regard to (2) a Development Plan will include:
- Consumer Affairs
- Crime Prevention
- Retirement Planning
- Volunteer Expertise
- Social Action – Financial Planning/Ongoing Education etc.
- Cultural Programmes
- Representation to Government on Retirees etc.
With regard to (3) this service is provided by Healthnet Caribbean Limited and (4) Assuria Life T&T Limited offers a Death Benefit/Term Insurance catered for Senior Citizens and their families.
Well, an Organisation is as good as the integrity of its leaders. In this respect, the TTARP’s Executive Committee has been carefully selected to reflect a cross section of Trinidad and Tobago society with particular emphasis on integrity. Members are Peter Peña/ Reynold Cooper/ Geoffrey Lewis/ Mayling Younglao.