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Author: Age NI
Published on 01 October 2012 09:00 AM

01 October is UN International Day of Older Persons and Age NI believes that we should all be celebrating.

Anne O’Reilly, Age NI Chief Executive, commented, ‘Northern Ireland has an ageing population - there are more people over 50 here than under the age of 19!  We need to recognise just how positive that is for our society – older people have a raft of valuable skills and experience that we can all learn and benefit from.

‘This year, on International Day of Older Persons and in the context of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012, we all need to stop and think about just how much our older members of society contribute. Think about the important roles they have as grandparents, workers, volunteers, carers... this list goes on.’

‘So do something to mark the occasion on Monday 01 October. Acknowledge the support of your grandparents; give a carer you know a well deserved break; or recognise the importance of your older colleagues in work. It’s a day to be positive about age!

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