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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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