The Impact of Ageing
Speaker, Linda Robinson, Chief Executive Age NI gave a most informative and interesting review of the impact of ageing and the work of Age NI highlighting the range of activity and lengths Age NI are prepared to go particularly in areas such as dementia and respite for carers. Linda noted that Age NI was formed from separate NI charities Age Concern and Help the Aged and is Northern Ireland's largest charity for older people.
She advised that their aim is to support people so that they can age well and enjoy later life pointing out that officially old age starts at 50!! Our society is increasing and ageing and she revealed that in NI by 2030 there will be less people under the age of 15 than over 65. This she pointed out will have a significant impact on all areas but particularly the economy and housing. They are “inspiring the next generation” encouraging the young people to collaboratively age and asking volunteers to give back to younger ones going through difficult times by sharing work experiences, mentoring and giving a guiding hand – she considered there was a possible role for Rotary in this area.
Linda highlighted several of their range of services advising that these programmes need funding and that there is always a challenge in funding and that it is important to have feedback from older people on how to deliver their services. She concluded that Age NI wish to inspire generations to look after older people and they will continue to help and provide support particularly for long term illnesses and carers.