Would you tell an 85 year old woman with depression, ‘It’s just part of getting old’?
FACT. An estimated 85% of older people with depression receive no help at all from the NHS
FACT. Up to 50% of older people in residential care have clinically severe depression, yet only between 10%-15% receive any active treatment.
Would you tell an 85 year old man with heart problems, ‘Nothing that can be done for you because of your age-that’s as good as it’s going to get’?
FACT. 46% of GPs and care of the elderly doctors, and 48% of cardiologists treated patients age 65+ differently to those under 65.
Would you tell a 76 year old man with a head injury, ‘You’re too old to receive specialist brain treatment’?
FACT. In 2007, a County Armagh farmer injured during a farming accident, was refused specialist brain treatment at Musgrave Hospital because he was considered to be too old.
Would you make it impossible for a 80 year old woman to visit her sick sister in America because she can’t get travel insurance?
FACT. Those aged 75+ are 9 times more likely to be refused cover than those aged 30-49.
Imagine... hearing comments like those day in, day out, and not being able to do anything about it. We think that’s wrong.
We’re sure you do too. Age NI has spoken to hundreds of older people here. They are unanimous. Legislation is needed to protect older people in Northern Ireland.
The NI Executive has promised to introduce legislation by March 2015 to end discrimination on the grounds of age in accessing things like healthcare, mortgages and bank loans, membership of gyms and clubs, accommodation and transport.
The law will call these things Goods, Facilities and Services (GFS).
You can help stop age discrimination now:
- Write to your Elected Representatives and ask them to take action to ensure that the draft policy and legislation is consulted on as a matter of urgency to get the GFS law in place by March 2015
- Log on to @EverydayAgeism and tell us how age discrimination has affected you or older people you know
The NI Executive is considering introducing new legislation into Northern Ireland that will give greater protection for older people against discrimination when accessing goods and services. Your experiences will help us illustrate the type of unfair treatment experienced by older people in Northern Ireland and the protection that is needed under the new legislation.