Anderson stands up for older people
Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson, has given her support to a report in the European Parliament which promotes active and healthy ageing.
Speaking after voting in favour of the Report, Martina Anderson MEP said:
"It is essential that with a rapidly ageing population and the effects of savage austerity measures that older people are protected from the very real risk of social exclusion.
"We must do everything possible to ensure that individuals and organisations representative of older people are involved to the maximum extent in the decision-making process.
"We must recognise older people for the asset that they are to our society and not treat them as if they are a burden. A great example of how to ensure involvement of older people was the Office of First and deputy First Minister's small grants scheme last year which promoted mutual respect and solidarity between the generations.
"It is also fantastic that in the North we have our own Commissioner for Older People, Claire Keating and an Older People's Parliament. It is something to be proud of that we can hold ourselves up as a case of best practice in recognising older peoples’ place as equal participants in society." CRÍOCH