With the release of the draft Active Ageing Strategy 2014-2020 today by OFMdFM, Age NI welcomes the long-overdue focus on our ageing population.
Duane Farrell, Director of Policy at Age NI explains, ‘We have an ageing population. It’s not something we can hide from or ignore. It has consequences for all aspects of all our lives – how we live, how we work, how we learn, how we engage. It affects us all. The release of the strategy today is a step towards delivering a joined-up approach to the challenges and opportunities facing older people today and for generations to come.
‘Our ageing society, and the opportunities and challenges it brings, is a fundamental issue for everyone in NI. People need to be supported and encouraged to engage with this strategy and have their say, particularly those from hard-to-reach backgrounds. The strength of a strategy relies on the engagement of those whom it affects.
‘We welcome the focus within the document on eliminating ageism and increasing equality of opportunity, yet the strategy alone is not enough. In recent months, the spotlight on ageism has been a recurrent media theme. It affects too many people here. In addition to this strategy, OFMdFM must bring forward the age discrimination legislation that was promised in the Programme for Government.
‘Population ageing should also be a clear driver of policy and services for every NI department, and the Ageing Strategy should be the framework which guides and monitors implementation and progress against clear, ambitious objectives. It’s important that resources are identified so that agreed actions within the final strategy can be fully funded and will deliver real change for older people.
‘It is time for change. Age NI calls on everyone to get involved in the development of this strategy so that together, we can make NI a better place for us all to grow older.'
View and respond to draft Active Ageing Strategy
Hard copies of the both the Consultation Document and the Questionnaire can be requested using the contact details below.
Active Ageing Policy Team
Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister
Room E3.18, Castle Buildings, Stormont, Ballymiscaw, Belfast BT4 3SR
Telephone: 028 9052 3433
Textphone: 028 9052 2526