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Age NI response to proposed £70m health and social care budget cuts
Age NI responds to today’s news about proposed plans to cut £70 million from health and social care budgets across Northern Ireland.

Family Arts Campaign launch new Age-Friendly Standards
11/07/2017 Family Arts Campaign
The Family Arts Campaign has announced the launch of its new Age-Friendly Standards, which provide clear guidance for cultural organisations welcoming older family members.

Lidl donates £1,000 to Age NI Day Centre
03/08/2017 Ulster Star
Age NI’s Anna House Day Centre in Dunmurry got a welcome boost from retail firm Lidl Ireland this week - a generous £1,000 donation.

Focus Groups: Older people with a cancer experience
20/07/2017 Age NI
Age NI and Macmillan Cancer Support are working in partnership to bring together older people with a cancer experience.

Win a luxury Sawers hamper at Age NI stand during 50th Annual Castlewellan Show
14/07/2017 Age NI
Visitors to the 50th Annual Castlewellan Agricultural Show on Saturday 15 July are being encouraged to come by the Age NI stand where one lucky winner will be in with a chance of winning a luxury Sawers deli hamper.

Age NI recognises pharmacy worker's fundraising efforts
11/07/2017 | Age NI
Claire Moore from Portdown has been recognised for her outstanding fundraising efforts after successfully completing the Four Peaks Challenge for Age NI.

Take Five Event to Stop Financial Fraud
22/06/2017 Age NI
Age NI and the PSNI Economic Crime Unit have teamed up with Financial Fraud Action UK to host a Take Five over Tea event, in the Europa Hotel on Thursday 22 June, to encourage people to better protect themselves, and older people they know, from financial fraud.

Age NI offers advice on staying cool in hot weather 
With high temperatures forecast to continue in many parts of Northern Ireland over the coming days, Age NI is advising people to take extra care in the summer months and to look out for older neighbours, friends and relatives, particularly those living alone or with serious underlying health conditions.

Age NI response to hospital waiting times
Age NI is deeply concerned at the growing number of people who are waiting for treatment and care at hospital, particularly those having to endure longer waits than the target waiting times. 

Meet Age NI at the Balmoral Show
The Balmoral Show is Northern Ireland's largest agricultural event and this year Age NI will have an exciting stand to meet the thousands of people who attend.

Survey: Age-friendly Belfast
The Age-Friendly belfast team want to develop a new 3 year Age-friendly Plan for older people and would like to hear the views of everyone aged 50+.

Event: Spring Online for over 50s in Belfast
Come along to the free digital workshops for over 50s, on Tuesday 2 May 2017 at Belfast City Hall.

Event: Spring Online for over 50s in Belfast
Come along to the free digital workshops for over 50s, on Tuesday 2 May 2017 at Belfast City Hall.

Discover Your Ancestry with Living DNA
Living DNA are running a special promotion in honour of National DNA Day.

Innovative partnership aimed at tackling the ‘silent epidemic’ of loneliness
Age NI and the Public Health Agency have come together to introduce an innovative approach to tackling loneliness experienced by older people across Northern Ireland, as part of an initiative by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.

Survey: How do you find and use online health info?
We invite you on behalf of Ulster University to participate in a research study called IC-Health.

Age NI Response to the NIAO report on the Management of the Transforming your Care reform programme
Age NI welcomes the report by the NI Audit Office into the Management of the Transforming Your Care programme as an important reminder of the urgent need to radically overhaul and transform our health and social care system.

Age NI responds to crimes against older people 
30/03/2017 Age NI
Paschal McKeown, Head of Policy and Influencing, commented, 'Age NI condemns all crimes against older people. It is crucial that older people are able to feel safe and secure in their own homes and local communities and that steps are taken to prevent and tackle such crimes.'

Age NI urges the public to 'start a conversation' about loneliness 
20/03/2017 Age NI
From 20 March to 23 April 2017, Age NI will be calling on people in Northern Ireland to 'start a conversation' as part of the initiative by Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness which both addresses loneliness and encourages people to take positive steps to combat the issue.

Age NI responds to Spring Budget announcement 
08/03/2017 Age NI
Age NI responds to the Spring Budget and the Chancellor's announcement of a Social Care Green Paper

Digital Age Project Workshops 
06/03/2017 Digital Age Project
The Digital Age Project is an initiative that focuses on the promotion of digital and social inclusion for older people, using an intergenerational approach involving young people.

Volunteers needed for physical activity research 
06/03/2017 QUB
Researchers at Queen's University are looking for volunteers to take part in a project aimed at helping older people increase their levels of physical activity.

Age NI and Danske Bank toast £145k partnership 
23/02/2017 Danske Bank / Age NI
Danske Bank staff and customers have raised over £145,000 for charity partner, Age NI since 2013.

Hats off to charity knitter Rosemary 
26/01/2017 County Down Spectator / Age NI
Bangor woman Rosemary Anderson has been knitting at double speed to help make Age NI’s Big Knit campaign the biggest ever.

Healthy Working Lives Conference
Imagine a world where it was considered normal to live until 100 years old. Would this change your attitude towards work, both as an employer and an employee?

There's more to your local pharmacy
When it comes to a one stop shop of health assessment services, your local or high street pharmacy probably has it covered.

Get knitting with Age NI's biggest #BigKnit ever
The Big Knit is back and it's going to be the biggest one ever. This year we need your help to knit 95,000 little hats!

Help improve 'Unscheduled Care Services' in NI
The Health and Social Care service is seeking service user and carer representatives who have had an experience of unscheduled care services within the last 5 years.

Ulsterbus Tours announce special showcase event
Top Irish holiday destinations and travel providers are coming together for a special showcase event in Belfast on January 25 organised by Ulsterbus Tours.

Festive Spirit in North Belfast Lights Up Olympic Values
Older people and younger people were full of festive and community spirit recently as Age NI and Belfast’s Model School for Girls came together for a Christmas tea party as part of Get Set for Community Action, an intergenerational programme inspired by the Olympic values.

Thousands of older people will feel lonely this Christmas
'1/3 of older people in Northern Ireland tell us that they feel lonely, but as we all know, statistics only tell one part of the story,' says Linda Robinson, Age NI Chief Executive.

Donate your unwanted items with #UberGiving
This Saturday (10 Dec) get involved with the #UberGiving campaign by donating your unwanted items to Age NI via the Uber app!

Age NI Response to Establishment of Expert Advisory Panel on Adult Care and Support
Age NI welcomes the establishment of an Expert Advisory Panel on Adult Care and Support by the Minister, Michelle O’Neill and the appointment of Des Kelly and John Kennedy to the Panel.

Denise appeals for new Coleraine shop volunteers
Denise Drain, from Portstewart, shares her experience of volunteering to encourage more volunteers to support the Age NI Store in Coleraine.

Older people sought for medicines study
21/11/2016 QUB / RCSI
Researchers from Queen’s University and the Royal College of Surgeons want to identify outcomes which are important to older people when they are taking many medicines.

A budget isn’t just for Christmas
14/11/2016 Consumer Council
Get the gift of a handy budgeting tool to help you manage Christmas spending and plan for expenses in the year ahead.

Research survey on hip fractures launched in NI
11/11/2016 QUB / Royal Victoria Hospital
A new study on patient outcomes after hip fracture has been launched by medical researchers at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

BBC Northern Ireland hosts Book Week in partnership with Libraries NI
28/10/2016 BBC NI / Libraries NI
Next week, BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle’s airwaves will be buzzing with interviews, conversations and features about reading as BBC Northern Ireland presents Book Week NI.

Age NI Response to the Minister for Health’s Report
25/10/2016 Age NI
Duane Farrell, Age NI Charity Director commented, 'We welcome the Minister’s report today and are reassured that the importance of voice and collaboration in the transformation of our health and social care service has been identified as a key part of the approach.'

Bengoa review: Radical health care shake-up unveiled
25/10/2016 BBC News
A radical shake-up of Northern Ireland's health and social care system to make it fit for the 21st Century has been unveiled.

Advice in later life event coming to Carrick 
20/10/2016 Age NI
Age NI is hosting an advice and information event in The Health Centre Pharmacy, Carrickfergus on Wednesday 26 October from 8.45am – 4pm.

Age NI and NIFRS working together to 'Stop Fire'
14/10/2016 NIFRS
57% of people who died in accidental house fires in the last 3 years were aged 60 and over.

Blog: Time to stand up to ageism
11/10/2016 Age NI
We are rightly proud of our ageing society and celebrate the opportunities as well as the challenges this brings to how we plan, design and deliver public services, support each other and connect to the communities we live in.

Advice and Advocacy Impact Survey
01/10/2016 Age NI
We are always trying to improve our services at Age NI and an important part of this improvement process is to gather information on the impact of our services.

Fondest Memories of Grandparents Inspired by Food
28/09/2016 Age NI
New research from Age UK in advance of Grandparents’ Day on Sunday 2 October, has found that people’s fondest memories of their grandparents revolve around enjoying food or family occasions.

Age NI launches Perks discount card for donors
22/09/2016 Age NI
Donate £5 a month to Age NI by direct debit and you’ll receive a Perks Card as a thank you!

Free Fix IT Surgery
19/09/2016 Go ON NI / Belfast City Council
This October Go ON NI and Belfast City Council are hosting Fix IT surgeries in community hubs across Belfast.

Carpool karaoke star Ted, 80, lands record deal
16/09/2016 BBC News
80-year-old Ken who became an internet star when his son posted videos of him singing in the car, has landed a record deal.

Trekker Nick takes age in his stride
15/09/2016 Age NI / County Down Spectator
Local Bangor man and Danske Bank Branch Manager, Nick Craig lends his support to fellow Bangor man Derek McClure, Age NI Store Acting Manager, during a recent promotional weekend in Bangor’s Bloomfield Shopping Centre to raise awareness of the charity shop on Central Avenue.

Age NI steps out for dementia walk in Omagh
13/09/2016 Age NI
Staff at Meadowbank, an Age NI operated residential centre for people with dementia in Omagh, are stepping out for a sponsored walk to raise money for the Meadowbank Comfort Fund. 

Positive Ageing Month 
09/09/2016 Belfast City Council
Positive Ageing Month is a month-long festival of events and activities for older people in October 2016.

Carrick Student Hopes to Inspire Dementia Volunteers 
05/09/2016 Age NI
Matthew Mo, 19, from Carrickfergus, is sharing his experience of volunteering to encourage new volunteers to support people to live well with dementia, and their carers, in the Carrick area.

Share your views in our Reminiscence Survey 
12/08/2016 Age NI
Reminiscence can have an incredibly positive impact on older people by supporting them to value themselves through recalling and sharing their memories.

Commissioner for Older People seeks your views on priorities for action 
01/08/2016 COPNI
The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland will be asking older people to meet him at a series of events across Northern Ireland to hear their views on his proposed priorities for his term of office.

Bangor A Level Student Hopes to Inspire Age NI Shop Volunteers
29/07/2016 Age NI
Niamh Busby, 17, an A Level student from Bangor, is appealing for new volunteers to help out this summer in the Age NI shop on Central Avenue.

Moira man's marathon fundraising efforts for Age NI 
20/07/2016 Age NI
Les Dewart from Moira, who took part in one of the world's most famous long distance races in memory of his late father, is continuing his fundraising efforts for Age NI with a successful bag pack and door collection at Sainsbury’s Sprucefield.

Age NI can help with community care concerns in Fermanagh
08/07/2016 Age NI
Melvin Pharmacy in Garrison, Co. Fermanagh, is one of several local chemists supporting Age NI, Charity Partner of the Ulster Chemists’ Association, to ensure that people throughout NI in need contact the freephone Age NI Advice Service for information and help on 0808 808 7575.

Scams - Know the signs to stop the crime
01/07/2016 Consumer Council
As part of Scams Awareness Month (July 2016) the Consumer Council has revealed that almost one in five Northern Ireland (NI) consumers have been a victim of a scam in the last three years.

Older People Ask New MLAs to #Act4Age
07/06/2016 Age NI
MLAs were encouraged to show their commitment to making Northern Ireland a great place to grow older by pledging to #Act4Age in the new Assembly during an Age NI event in Stormont.

Danske Premiership players score for Age NI
02/06/2016 Danske Bank
Danske Bank has donated £600 to its charity partner Age NI because 12 hat-tricks were scored during the 2015/16 Danske Bank Premiership season.

The Age NI #DanceNomination Challenge
02/06/2016 Age NI
Local DJ Jonny Seeds has created the #DanceNomination Challenge for Age NI!

Step By Step With Age NI & Danske Bank During Volunteers Week
01/06/2016 Age NI
Like many charities, Age NI relies on the generosity of hundreds of volunteers to support its work across Northern Ireland, including an innovative approach to learning more about new technology with Danske Bank.

Age NI can help with advice about new benefits in Carrick and Larne
31/05/2016 Age NI
Age NI is urging people in the boroughs of Carrick and Larne who are unsure about the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit and how it may affect them to call the Age NI Advice Service for help.

Older workers on the rise in Europe
11/05/2016 EC
The average age of the European workforce is going up, according to EU Commission research.

Age NI supports students to Get Set for Community Action
05/05/2016 Age NI / Get Set
Age NI is proud to be a key delivery partner for Get Set for Community Action, a new UK-wide programme created by the British Olympic Foundation and British Paralympic Association, made possible thanks to the Big Lottery Fund.

Age NI Calls on Election Candidates to #Act4Age!
29/04/2016 Age NI
Age NI, Northern Ireland’s leading charity for older people, is calling on all election candidates to #Act4Age and ensure that the issues that matter to older people here are prioritised in the next Assembly.

Support the #Act4Age Campaign
04/2016 Age NI
Election time provides a great opportunity to influence our future politicians. Your help will make a difference!

COPNI calls on PSNI to take action
26/04/2016 COPNI
Evelyn Hoy, Chief Executive of The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, has called on the PSNI to ensure perpetrators of crimes against older people are brought to justice following a recent spate of burglaries and robberies.

Age NI and Danske Bank toast £100k partnership
04/2016 Age NI / Danske Bank
Danske Bank staff and customers have raised over £100,000 for charity partner, Age NI since 2014.

Hidden Voices Captured at Photography Exhibition Derry Launch
07/04/2016 Age NI
Hidden Voices, a photographic exhibition which takes a unique look at the reality of ageing in Northern Ireland, was launched by the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Elisha McCallion, at the Void Gallery.

Successful ABC Seniors Event Held in Banbridge
03/2016 Age NI
ABC Seniors Network, a partnership that supports older people across Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, hosted a successful Information and Networking event, attended by over 150 participants in the Belmont Hotel, Banbridge.

Free support for over 50s to get online
24/03/2016 BITC
On Thursday 14 and Thursday 28 April, hundreds of business volunteers will be poised and ready to provide FREE digital skills support, helping people over the age of 50 to get to grips with the Internet, email, Skype and social media.

‘Changes to Pension Credit may affect benefit entitlements’, says Age NI
15/03/2016 Age NI
Important changes taking place to Pension Credit on 6 April may adversely affect the benefit entitlements of older people. Age NI is urging those who might be affected to contact the Age NI Advice Service on freephone 0808 808 7575.

Age NI Statement on the Appointment of the New Older People's Commissioner
11/03/2016 Age NI
Linda Robinson, Age NI Chief Executive commented, ‘We welcome today’s announcement of the appointment of Eddie Lynch to the role of Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland. We are all aware that our society is ageing, and that this simple fact presents many opportunities and challenges.

Support the #MoreThanAShop Campaign
04/03/2016 Age NI
The #MoreThanAShop campaign is about raising awareness and appreciation of the considerable social, economic and environmental benefits the charity retail sector makes in Northern Ireland each year.

Volunteers needed for the Dementia Research Initiative

04/03/2016 Engage with Age / UU
Become a Peer Researcher with the Technology Enriched Supported Accommodation - Dementia Research Initiative (TESA-DRI). 

Share your views on nursing & you could win a prize!

01/03/2016 Age NI & HSC
Share your views about nursing services for older people in NI & you could win a Samsung Galaxy tablet or an M&S voucher for £50.

Rise in wellbeing in late 60s, survey finds
29/02/2016 BBC News
The wellbeing of people in their 60s increases as they reach the age of 70, according to a national survey.

Age NI wins CO3 Leadership Awards
26/02/2016 Age NI
Linda Robinson, Age NI Chief Executive, & EJ Havlin, Development Manager, won awards at the CO3 Leadership Awards at Stormont on Thursday evening.

Make Belfast a city where older people live life to the full
16/02/2016 BSP
The Belfast Strategic Partnership's (BSP) Age-friendly Belfast team has launched a campaign called 'Living Life To The Full'.

innocent smoothie Big Knit hats are in shops now
04/02/2016 Age NI
Grab one before they're gone and raise money for Age NI!

Study suggests people aged 65 to 79 'happiest of all'
02/02/2016 BBC News
Sixty-five to 79 is the happiest age group for adults, according to Office for National Statistics research.

Conference to address support for people with learning disabilities in later life
28/01/2016 UU
This conference will provide up-to-date evidence on the most effective supports for people with learning disabilities and their family carers as they transition into older age.

Training Course: The State Retirement Pension for Beginners
28/01/2016 Advice NI
The State Retirement Pension has seen its most significant reform in two generations and is set to continue to see further changes.

Free Driving Courses for older people
28/01/2016 CTA
Are you 60 + years old and would like to improve and review your driving skills or your knowledge to become a safer pedestrian?

The Impact of the Human Rights Act (HRA) in Northern Ireland Conference
26/01/2016 HRC
The Human Rights Consortium is hosting this free one-day conference which is aimed at capturing the local impact of this seminal human rights legislation and the potential problems of its withdrawal from statute.

Concerns on charging over-75s for TV licence
25/01/2016 News Letter
The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland has hit out at the suggestion that people over 75 could lose their free TV licence.

Dame Mary Peters and her Age NI Personal Alarm
Former Olympic athlete Dame Mary Peters says having an Age NI personal alarm makes her feel safer when home alone.

Age NI Calls on New First Minister to Move Ageing Matters Forward
22/01/2016 Age NI
Duane Farrell, Charity Director comments, 'Age NI welcomes the appointment of Arlene Foster as First Minister.'

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