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One of the biggest challenges facing the Northern Ireland government is how it will prepare and plan for an increasingly ageing population, at a time of significant financial pressures and competing demands for help and support.


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There is a significant programme of work ahead to address the concerns of older people, tackle the outdated, ageist attitudes that persist and ensure that the United Nations Principles for Older Persons underpin the development and delivery of government policy for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 must act now to deliver a better future for us all as we age. We are calling on the NI Assembly and the NI Executive to #Act4Age.

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