Source: Age NI 22/01/2016
Duane Farrell, Charity Director comments, 'Age NI welcomes the appointment of Arlene Foster as First Minister.'
Age NI believes that Northern Ireland can be a great place to grow older and as the current NI Assembly draws to a close, calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to prioritise two urgent matters – pass the Age Discrimination legislation promised in the Programme for Government and publish and implement the Ageing Strategy.
Policies which positively impact on older people, promoting their rights and participation as equal and engaged citizens, are integral to an inclusive, successful society.
We also need to ensure that older people receive the support they need to stay well and feel good; and that all current and future pensioners have enough money from state and private sources to live comfortably.
This requires a significant programme of work and we look forward to the First Minister’s involvement in making this a reality.'