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Author: Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Published on 23 February 2012 12:00 PM

A new website launched by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation gives older people's voices a new digital platform.

The website hopes to highlight their experiences, resilience and ability to flourish across a century of huge change. It asks the question: ‘What will be important to you when you are old - and will anyone be listening?’ 

The site features:

  • A specially commissioned poem about getting older by the former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion;
  • A gallery of stories drawn from the experiences of older people with high support needs;
  • Photographs by Chris Steele-Perkins, providing a glimpse into what it's like to be a centenarian; and

The site is based on a series of Perspectives papers commissioned to support the five-year research programme, A Better Life. This programme investigates what will improve quality of life for some of the most marginalised, and least heard, people in the UK – older people with high support needs.

You can access the site at:

To find out more about the work of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, visit


For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575