Author: Age NI
Published on 01 October 2013 11:30 AM
01 October is UN International Day of Older Persons, a day Age NI believes should be acknowledged and celebrated by all!
Northern Ireland is getting older - the 2011 Census recorded 228 centenarians living here compared to 149 in 2001.
Indeed, a recent study has found that perception of middle age has increased from 41 to 53 highlighting a culture shift in our understanding of getting older. With all this insight into later life, isn’t it about time we stopped ‘fighting the signs of ageing’ or thinking in terms of ‘anti-ageing’ and ‘age-defying’.
All too often, ageing is discussed in the negative. How about ‘embracing the signs of ageing’ or talking about ‘positive-ageing’ or ‘age-loving’? Yes, later life can be challenging for many reasons.
The 10,000 calls we receive every year to our Advice Service are testament to that fact. But lots of people across Northern Ireland are enjoying the positives that later life can bring – opportunities to volunteer, the joy of new grandchildren, freedom to travel and explore the world, and the confidence and contentment to live life to the full.
It’s time to start listening properly to the voice of older people and understanding their experiences. What better way to celebrate UN International Day of Older Persons than to start seeing later life through the eyes of an age ambassador rather than an age objector!