We need to
change the way we talk about ageing – that’s the pledge that Liverpool City
Council will be making next week.
On Tuesday 1
October, the UN’s International Day of Older Persons, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool
Gary Millar will join other local authority leaders in signing an open letter
committing the city to talking more positively about later life, ending
age-based discrimination, and making Liverpool a great city to grow old in.
anticipated that the letter, that has been co-ordinated by the UK Network of
Age-Friendly Communities, will be published in the national press.
The signing is
part of National Museums Liverpool’s regular Happy
Older People (HOP)
network meeting at the Museum of Liverpool and Dr Anna Dixon, chief executive
of the Centre for Ageing Better, will be the event’s keynote speaker.
Liverpool has a
longstanding commitment to ensuring that older people can live active and
Liverpool Joe Anderson signed a pledge to signal Liverpool’s commitment to
being an age-friendly city in August 2012 and the city was accepted as a member
of the WHO’s Age-friendly World global
network in 2014.
You can follow
the events on International Day of Older Persons by using #AgeProud on social
deputy Mayor of Liverpool, said:
“I am delighted to be signing this open letter for the city of Liverpool.
should be able to remain active and cherished members of our communities for as
long as possible but to be able to do this we need to tackle ageism when we see
it and challenge outdated stereotypes and unhelpful language.
suggests that about a quarter of people over 50 have felt discriminated against
whilst doing everyday tasks or accessing services and this is not something
that any of us should accept.
committed to being an age-friendly city in 2012 and we have come a long way on
that journey, but we know that we can keep getting better and better. All of
us, not just the council and our partners, need to think and talk about ageing
differently so we can bring discrimination to an end.”
chief executive, Centre for Ageing Better, said: “Many of us are living longer. While some of
us can look forward with confidence to enjoying later life, others are being
held back by outdated and damaging attitudes.
stereotypes about older age can have a pernicious effect on our
self-perception, limit our ideas of what we can do as we get older and stop us
making the most of these extra years.
“We are proud
to have partnered with the UK Network of Age-friendly Communities on
International Day of Older Persons to call for a change in how we all talk
about ageing and people in later life.
“It is great to
see so many influential leaders who are committed to making their communities
more age-friendly, now collectively affirming their commitment talk more
positively about later life. We hope everyone will join us to end ageism.”