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.
Linda Robinson, Age NI Chief Executive commented, ‘On May 5, voters in Northern Ireland will go to the polls to choose the MLAs who will represent them in the next Assembly. We want Northern Ireland to be a great place to grow older and it is vital that once elected our MLAs #Act4Age on the issues that affect older people today and tomorrow. There are too many older people in NI struggling in poverty, too many older people not getting the support and care that they need, too many older people who encounter age discrimination every day.
‘We want candidates to show their support for older people by becoming an Age Champion in the new NI Assembly and to work with us on four important issues that matters to older people:
Staying well, feeling good - older people enjoying good health for longer, remaining as independent as possible and receiving the best care
- Tackling pensioner poverty - older people having enough money to live comfortably and participate fully in society
- Equal and engaged citizens - older people valued for their contribution and experience, their rights and dignity respected and protected
- Ageing at the heart of government policy and action - older people having their voices heard, ensuring government departments work together to deliver better outcomes for older people now and in the future
To find out more about the issues that matter to older people, visit ageni.org/act4age and follow Age NI twitter activity using #Act4Age.
Photo caption: Age NI Chief Executive, Linda Robinson, pictured with Age NI day centre client Agnes Drake, calls on election candidates to #Act4Age