Older & Bolder Campaign in Ireland

index“I want to grow old at home.” That’s Irish citizen Mabel Gargan, age 90, representing the “make home work” activist message coming out of the Older & Bolder coalition.

A friend saw this poster in the UK and sent it along – thanks Kate!

A quick google search and I see that the Older & Bolder campaign in Ireland was about stopping state pension cuts and cuts to home health care. The campaign wrapped up in July with these words to its supporters:

It has been an absolute privilege to campaign with so many enthused individuals and groups on important issues relating to growing older in Ireland. Despite what has been a tough period for advocacy we have, with your energy and action, had positive influence and success. We offer a heartfelt thanks to everyone who signed a petition, engaged their local TD, contributed to a workshop, partook in media interviews or attended a demonstration.

Your passionate and persistent campaigning defended the State Pension; ensured pre-election promises became Programme for Government commitments; convinced politicians of the absolute need for the soon-to-be-produced National Positive Ageing Strategy; pushed for Make Home Work and the right to age well at home to be made a reality; and resisted the cuts to home care services.

Congrats to elders across the sea fighting for an age-friendly society! 1

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1 Response to “Older & Bolder Campaign in Ireland”

  1. 1 Geri LeVine Loe October 4, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Congrats to the Irish elderly! With that age-group growing steadily in all
    industrialized nations it seems that we will see more and more advocacy for them. Certainly, here in the U.S. aging in place has become the number one choice for most seniors as they look to the future. We need to recognize the population shift and really work at supporting the needs of the elderly! Thanks Ireland, for showing us the way.

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