Alan Dumigan is a member of Age NI’s Consultative Forum which engages with, and advises the charity on its strategic direction. He tells us why he loves later life.
'I live by the Mourne Mountains so I often say to myself, 'isn’t this beautiful and isn’t it great to be alive! I appreciate what I have. I often talk to people who’ve had a terrible time, yet they remain cheerful and upbeat. They're a wonderful example.'
'My involvement in Age NI’s Consultative Forum has made me more aware of the challenges affecting people in later life. It makes me realise how I can help a charity like Age NI make a big difference. The Forum brings together a range of backgrounds and talents and we work together to help more people in Northern Ireland to love later life.'
'I see age as just a number and I’m certainly more involved and active now than ever before. It’s important to take time to yourself though. I enjoy reading.'
'My daughter bought me an iPad for Christmas and I downloaded 'Philomena' by Martin Sixsmith. Now I have to watch the movie. My daughter lives in Singapore and we always make time to chat through Skype. It's as clear as a bell. Isn’t it amazing to think how much we’ve moved on through technology? Life’s good!'
Age NI Volunteer