Age Action Ireland

About Age Action Ireland

Our vision is that Ireland is the first country to apply fully the United Nations Principles for Older Persons into our national way of life in order to improve the quality of life of all older people and to transform all our attitudes towards ageing and older people. The UN principles are summarised below.

Independence
Older persons should have access to the full range of services for their basic needs, to work as long as they wish with access to educational and training programmes, to live in safe and adaptable environments so that they can live at home for as long as they wish. 

Participation
Older persons should remain integrated in society, participate actively in the development of policies and services provided for them and act as volunteers in their communities with younger generations.

Care
Older persons should have access to the full range of care and support services that fully respect their beliefs, needs and privacy and their right to make decisions about their care and the quality of their lives.

Self-fulfilment
Older persons should be enabled to achieve their full potential by access to the educational, cultural, spiritual and recreational resources.

Dignity
Older persons should be able to live in dignity and security and be free of exploitation, abuse and discrimination.

Central to our vision is the vital role that older people should take in driving forward these changes for themselves and succeeding generations. Older people must reject the stereotypes of dependency, passivity and inevitable decline fostered by widespread ageism and by their own actions replace them by positive images based on self-confidence, active engagement in personal development, community service and a proper understanding of the ageing process.

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