‘Telling It Like It Is; Combatting Ageism’ will be launched at an event for TDs and Senators in the audio visual (AV) room, Leinster House on Wednesday January 25th 2023, 12.30pm – 1.30pm.
The report, informed by the lived experience of older people across Ireland, also sets out a number of practical steps that can be taken to combat the ageism which has such serious and far-reaching consequences for peoples health, well-being and human rights.
Ageism means that older people are often associated more with the past than the future. Ageism refers to the stereotypes (thinking), prejudice (feeling) and discrimination (action) directed towards others or oneself based on age. Not all of it is deliberate; unconscious bias about older people pervades Irish society.
We believe this report should be studied and acted upon by all policymakers. We are looking for TDs and Senators to support this key policy issue through their engagement with the launch on Wednesday 25th January. We endeavor to gain their support and assistance in the meaningful implementation of key policies relating to older people.
The Alliance of Age Sector represents the collective thinking of seven significant NGOs working in the age sector, uniting their learning from working with the diversity of older people and the issues that older people face.
The seven-member organisations are Active Retirement Ireland, Age & Opportunity, ALONE, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Irish Hospice Foundation, The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament and Third Age.