Age NI held an event in the Long Gallery, Stormont recently to bring older people, the age sector and MLAs together to explore how to prepare and plan for NI’s ageing population. At the event 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.
Chief Executive, Linda Robinson says, 'Longer lives represent many opportunities and challenges for our society, for employers and the economy, for our welfare system, housing as well as our health and social care system.'
'There is a significant programme of work ahead to address the concerns of older people, tackle the outdated, ageist attitudes that persist and ensure that the United Nations Principles for Older Persons underpin the development and delivery of government policy for older people in Northern Ireland. We need action on the big issues – health, money and ensuring that older people do not have to face discrimination when accessing goods and services because of their age.'
'Today, we have impressed upon our newly elected MLAs the importance of making the right decisions now that will ensure NI is a great place to age for this generation of older people, and generations to come.'
Colin Flinn, Chair of Age NI’s Consultative Forum, added 'Our new Assembly has an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of older people. We want to see planning and progress within the next five years that impacts positively on the lives of older people. If our politicians keep their pledge to #Act4Age, we will all benefit from a society that acknowledges the opportunities of our ageing population, and can meet its challenges.’
Caption: Pictured with the #Act4Age pledge board are Bobby Lindsay and Bernadette Ritchie.