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Wanted: A new bold vision for old age so grey power can lead us out of lockdown

Marianne Heron


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Far from golden pond: Pensioners at a pensions protest outside Leinster House in 2018. Photo: Damien Eagers

Far from golden pond: Pensioners at a pensions protest outside Leinster House in 2018. Photo: Damien Eagers

Far from golden pond: Pensioners at a pensions protest outside Leinster House in 2018. Photo: Damien Eagers

Like everyone, I am hoping for changes for the better as we emerge from lockdown to a new normal. And if there is one change that I and around three-quarters of a million other over-70s must be hoping for, it's for a new vision of what it means to be older.

Waking up the economy and avoiding a resurgence of the virus are top priorities. But in the rush to get the country working again, there is a risk that those endlessly described as "the vulnerable elderly" get overlooked and that the view that all older people are an amorphous bunch of frail dependants becomes set in stone.


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