A discussion on the situation of older people in Ireland and how they compare to those in other countries will take place on Tuesday 8 May.
Today, almost one in ten people are over 60 years old. By 2050, people aged over 60 will outnumber children under 14, and one in five people will be over 60.
The debate will ask questions including ‘What does this mean for us as older people now?’ and ‘How will it affect those who will be reaching retirement age within the next ten years?’.
Politicians across the political spectrum are calling for a higher retirement age, but attempts have also been made to decrease older people’s current entitlements in terms of cuts to pensions, removal of medical cards, etc. Older people in Ireland have campaigned against these injustices, yet their rights continue to be ignored.
“This workshop will look at how to share not only our experience of what it means to be older here in Ireland, but also how to build solidarity across the globe on common aims”, says Charlotte Kelly of Age Action.
The event is being organised by Age Action, in cooperation with the Galway One World Centre, at the Westside Resource Centre on 8 May from 2pm to 4pm.
The workshop is free and all are welcome to attend. Places are limited, so booking is essential. Contact Age Action on 01-4756989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.