A Programme for Government for an Aging Population?
The Commissioner for Older People recently held an event with over 100 older people, representatives from The Executive Office and others to raise concerns that there is almost no level of consideration of older people and their interests in the Programme for Government.
For more information on the Commissioner's concerns click here.
Financial Abuse of Older People in Northern Ireland - The Unsettling Truth
The Commissioner for Older People has launched research that reveals that 21% of older people in Northern Ireland are likely to be experiencing some form of financial abuse.
The Commissioner has responded to the Draft Programme for Government (PfG) Framework and expressed his disappointment that there is so little reference to older people. The Commissioner is advising that a 15th outcome should be included in the final PfG to 'Value, Respect and Protect Older People'.
COPNI and the PSNI have launched the 'Nominated Neighbour' scheme. This is an initiative that if an unrecognised caller comes to the address of an older person when they are alone in the house, the caller will be handed a card instructing them to contact their 'Nominated Neighbour', who will then try and check the caller's identity.