This study investigated the health, social and economic situation, and
issues of loneliness in the elderly in Trinidad. More than one-third of
these persons reported themselves to be in “fair” to “good” health,
but a similar proportion reported feelings of loneliness.
This study has established a model for the understanding of factors
that impact on the well-being of aged people in Jamaica. The
researcher has shown that quality of life is indeed influenced by
biological, psychological, environmental and social conditions.
Although this model does not provide all the answers to possible
factors of importance and their impact on well-being, it is concluded
that biopsychosocial and environmental factors are important in
The increasing pace of new developments has been
challenging but a coordinated response is vital if The
University of the West Indies is to continue to attract
the brightest and the best and to lead the way as the
premiere provider of quality medical training in the
The Medical Faculties of The University of the West
Indies have served both their host nations and the region
effectively and must retain and enhance their international
reputation as centres of excellence in
medical education (undergraduate, postgraduate and
continuing medical education) and health research.
Our model in which university faculty and postgraduate
students collaborate with public health teams
to investigate disease burden, find the most effective
strategies and train public health teams, is workable.
Special emphasis is placed on health research that
focussed on the perinatal period, the young child and
adolescent, the epidemics of chronic diseases and
violence and the linkage between health and tourism.