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Age Action welcomes publication of Positive Ageing 2016 report

Published 04/11/2016

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Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people, has welcomed the publication today of Positive Ageing 2016 by Minister for Health and Older People Helen McEntee TD. 

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications at Age Action, said: “Today’s report is important in setting out clearly where we are succeeding and where we need to do more to implement the National Positive Ageing Strategy.

“It should be seen as a call to action for the Government and State agencies, and a challenge to groups like ourselves to work together to ensure the strategy is fully implemented.

“Growing old in Ireland should not be a source of fear. It should be a positive experience, where the dignity and independence of older people is protected, and their contribution recognised.

“There is a lot of work ahead of us to make that vision a reality but today’s report will be an enormous help in that task and we look forward to working with the Minister in the months and years to come."

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A Fair Society for All? Listening to the Voices of Older People

Often, inequalities experienced by older people reflect an accumulated disadvantage which can be as a result of factors such as socio-economic status, health, gender, location. How existing inequalities impact on us as we age is something we in Age Action explored through a panel discussion 10 September – A Fair Society For All? Listening to the Voice of Older People – in Croke Park, on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting 2019.

An audience of over 160 people, including members of Age Action and people working in the ageing sector, joined the conversatoin which included a panel disucssion moderated by the CEO Paddy Connolly. The discussion centred on a discussion paper, Equality for All - Older People for Equality, published by Age Action in advance.The  panel set the scene with inputs from Michael Taft, Economist and political economy columnist, Colette Bennett, Policy Analyst Social Justice Ireland, Deirdre Garvey, CEO The Wheel, Ailbhe Smith, Co-Director of Together for Yes.