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Author: The Irish News - Anne Hailes
Published on 18 September 2015 02:00 PM

One of the most complex and confusing areas of modern life is that of benefits.

What we are entitled to depends on so many things – age, health, wealth or lack of it, single, married, children or dependents and, top of the pops – mobility.

It goes on and goes on – more of a maze than a minefield and often incomprehensible. So, welcome, Age NI.

This charity is dedicated to ‘older people’. There are 350.000 of us in Northern Ireland and, according to Linda Robinson, chief executive of Age NI, the number of people over 50 will increase over the next 20 years by more than 30 per cent.

Now that is a staggering figure – but is 50 considered to be old? No, but it means you’re getting to a time in life when little things begin to happen – it usually takes longer to get over a cold or flu, longer to recover from a fall or a bump, more frightening when waiting for a diagnosis.

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