We are healthier and hope to live longer - but are we really prepared for old age?
Right now, in Ireland, there is a disease for which we have found no cure. Sufferers are the most neglected, worst-treated members of our society, when in fact they should be celebrated and cherished for their massive contribution to Irish life.
We are warned that in a few years' time, this disease will be a real epidemic, one for which we are not ready or making any preparation.
I am talking about old age.