Author: Age NI
Published on 05 July 2012 02:00 PM
Age NI Chief Executive, Anne O’Reilly has welcomed a BBC One season on ageing which commenced last night with When I Get Older, an emotional documentary featuring NI presenter, Gloria Hunniford.
Anne commented, ‘When I Get older has shone a very welcome spotlight on some of the most significant challenges that older people face today and in the future – isolation, loneliness, ill-health and poverty. These are issues that affect us all.
‘There are more people over 50 than under 19 in Northern Ireland today. In the next twenty years, the number of people over sixty will increase by more than 50%. By walking in the shoes of older people who face barriers to a full, happy later life, the programme’s participant’s brought to life the challenges that these statistics present.
‘The Age NI Advice Service (freephone 0808 808 7575) is available to support older people, their carers and families with free and confidential advice, information and practical support on a range of issues including welfare benefits, community care, housing and health.
‘Age NI believes that later life should be a time to look forward to; it should offer opportunities to contribute, learn and develop; it should be a time of confidence and contentment. We need to do more to ensure that this message is rooted in our society.
‘There is no ‘quick fix’ to the challenges of an ageing society but if we are to make lasting progress, our politicians need to deliver a vision for a positive ageing strategy that is bold and aspirational.’