Equality policies for older people: implementation issues.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/559368
Title:
Equality policies for older people: implementation issues.
Authors:
National Economic and Social Forum (NESF)
Citation:
National Economic and Social Forum. 2003. Equality policies for older people: implementation issues. Dublin: National Economic and Social Forum.
Publisher:
National Economic and Social Forum (NESF)
Issue Date:
Jul-2003
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/559368
Language:
en
Description:
As the age profile of the population is increasing at a significant pace, the question of ageism is nowadays of central importance throughout Europe. This has significant policy implications, especially in the case of pensions and health care provisions. This country is no exception to these demographic trends. For example, life expectancy at birth was 68 years for men and 72 years for women in 1960 but within the next 30 years this is projected to increase to 78 and 84 years respectively. Or to put it another way round, the number of people over 65 years of age who will be living here will more than double over this period. Older people are not a homogenous group, yet they share many common concerns and it' is widely accepted that their needs are not adequately taken into account by policymakers. Young people today "ill be old one day so that, irrespective of age, all generations should have a shared interest in seeking to ensure greater equality for older people and to having their participations and contribution taken into account more fully. Promoting and supporting active ageing is a complex and demanding challenge. This will require resolute action across a number of fronts such as discriminatory practices in our various institutions (both in the public and private sectors), negative stereotyping and exclusion and, in some cases, isolating older people through threatening and abusive behaviour. This will call for actions not only by Government but also commiued and cooperative efforts by the Social Partners, local communities, neighbours and, in short, everybody in our society. The Equality Authority recently published a report entitled rmplementing Equalityfor Older People which contains a comprehensive strategy for change across an integrated set of policy reforms. The Social Partners commiued themselves under the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness to considering how best the recommendations in this report can be carried forward. Given its monitoring and evaluation role in relation to equality and social inclusion issues, it was decided that it would be appropriate that the Forum should undertake this work. The focus of the present report by the NESF is on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the above report, with particular reference to identifying potential implementation barriers and challenges and how best these could be addressed. The Forum has undertaken a similar exercise in relation to equality on the basis of sexual orientation and this report has recently been published.'
Keywords:
OLDER PEOPLE; EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES; HEALTH CARE; LIFE EXPECTANCY
Series/Report no.:
Forum Report; 29
ISBN:
1899276343

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorNational Economic and Social Forum (NESF)en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-09T14:46:54Zen
dc.date.available2015-07-09T14:46:54Zen
dc.date.issued2003-07-
dc.identifier.citationNational Economic and Social Forum. 2003. Equality policies for older people: implementation issues. Dublin: National Economic and Social Forum.en_GB
dc.identifier.isbn1899276343-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/559368en
dc.descriptionAs the age profile of the population is increasing at a significant pace, the question of ageism is nowadays of central importance throughout Europe. This has significant policy implications, especially in the case of pensions and health care provisions. This country is no exception to these demographic trends. For example, life expectancy at birth was 68 years for men and 72 years for women in 1960 but within the next 30 years this is projected to increase to 78 and 84 years respectively. Or to put it another way round, the number of people over 65 years of age who will be living here will more than double over this period. Older people are not a homogenous group, yet they share many common concerns and it' is widely accepted that their needs are not adequately taken into account by policymakers. Young people today "ill be old one day so that, irrespective of age, all generations should have a shared interest in seeking to ensure greater equality for older people and to having their participations and contribution taken into account more fully. Promoting and supporting active ageing is a complex and demanding challenge. This will require resolute action across a number of fronts such as discriminatory practices in our various institutions (both in the public and private sectors), negative stereotyping and exclusion and, in some cases, isolating older people through threatening and abusive behaviour. This will call for actions not only by Government but also commiued and cooperative efforts by the Social Partners, local communities, neighbours and, in short, everybody in our society. The Equality Authority recently published a report entitled rmplementing Equalityfor Older People which contains a comprehensive strategy for change across an integrated set of policy reforms. The Social Partners commiued themselves under the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness to considering how best the recommendations in this report can be carried forward. Given its monitoring and evaluation role in relation to equality and social inclusion issues, it was decided that it would be appropriate that the Forum should undertake this work. The focus of the present report by the NESF is on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the above report, with particular reference to identifying potential implementation barriers and challenges and how best these could be addressed. The Forum has undertaken a similar exercise in relation to equality on the basis of sexual orientation and this report has recently been published.'en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherNational Economic and Social Forum (NESF)en_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesForum Reporten_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseries29en_GB
dc.subjectOLDER PEOPLEen_GB
dc.subjectEQUAL OPPORTUNITIESen_GB
dc.subjectHEALTH CAREen_GB
dc.subjectLIFE EXPECTANCYen_GB
dc.titleEquality policies for older people: implementation issues.en_GB
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