Thursday 23 November 2017

Elderly do face special challenges

Sir -- It is clear from Eamon Delaney's article 'The elderly deserve respect but not special treatment' (Sunday Independent, March 13) that he has little understanding about the challenges of ageing in modern Ireland, or the planning which is required to meet the needs of our ageing population.

The fact that more of us are living longer, healthier lives is something to be celebrated, but it poses challenges for policymakers. The CSO predicts that the number of over-65s will rise from 11 per cent of the population currently, to over 25 per cent by 2060 (by which time there will be more over-65s than under-18s).

As an older people's charity, Age Action would not support the appointment of a Minister for Older People as a sop to older voters. Junior ministers should be there to do a specific job, to champion important causes, and ensure key policy is progressed.

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