Source : Duane Farrell, Director of Policy
Published on 20 February 2014 04:00 PM
‘An ageing society affects everyone: these issues require open debate and leadership by the Government and all political parties. The challenges are by no means insuperable, but no Government so far has had a vision and coherent strategy’
These words, written about England’s Westminster government, resonate strongly here in Northern Ireland. Expectations are running high as we await the launch of the consultation on a new Ageing Strategy for Northern Ireland tomorrow. After 4 years (2005-2009) of an Ageing Strategy that saw the main indicators of older people’s well-being deteriorate, the time is now to make NI a great place to age.
The Ageing Strategy must support a solid government structure which will anticipate, plan for and respond to the complex range of opportunities and challenges facing older people today and in the future. It must:
Our ageing population must be at the heart of the work of all government departments and agencies. It affects us all. The Ageing Strategy must be the vehicle to drive forward this change. Tomorrow’s launch of the public consultation on the new ageing strategy provides a super opportunity for people here to say how we make NI a great place to age. Get involved in the consultation. We cannot afford to get it wrong.
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