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In this section you will find information on policy and strategies relating to Age Equality.

Active Ageing Strategy

Today there are almost 850 million people aged over 60 worldwide. Evidence shows that the population of this age group is projected to increase to over two billion by 2050. Our population locally is following this global trend. The number of adults aged 65 and over is projected to increase by 12.2%, from 272,800 to 306,000, between 2012 and 2017, and by 63.5% (to 445,900) between 2012 and 2032.
It is very important that we make the right decisions now that will enable us to enjoy healthy active lives in the future. Therefore we need to begin the process now of planning our future as ageing citizens.

Your views on improving the lives of Ageing Citizens

The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister is seeking your views on the draft Active Ageing Strategy. You can download the consultation document using the links below:

How to respond

A consultation questionnaire has been developed as part of this document to assist you in submitting your views. You can click on the link to access the questionnaire on the Survey Monkey website. A pdf version of the questionnaire is also available below.
If you require hard copies or alternative formats of the draft strategy or consultation document or you wish to return your consultation response by post please use the contact details below:
Active Ageing Policy Team
Room E3.18 Castle Buildings
Belfast BT4 3SR
Tel: 028 9052 3433
Fax: 028 9052 3272
Textphone: 028 9052 2526

Consultation events

A series of meetings are being held to find out your views on the Strategy’s vision, goals and proposed new programmes to enable active ageing.  We welcome your views on these and anything else you wish to say about the strategy.




Monday 28 April 2014 Braid Centre, Ballymena 10.00am – 12.30pm
Thursday 1 May 2014 Mahon’s Hotel, Irvinestown 10.00am – 12.30pm
Tuesday 6 May 2014 Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown 10.00am – 12.30pm
Wednesday 7 May 2014 Grosvenor Hall, Belfast 10.00am – 12.30pm
Thursday 8 May 2014 Craigavon Civic Centre 10.00am – 12.30pm
Tuesday 13 May 2014 Bagenal’s Castle, Newry 10.00am – 12.30pm
Friday 16 May 2014 City Hotel, Londonderry 10.00am – 12.30pm
Please let us know if you are going to attend one of the meetings by contacting the Active Ageing Policy Team using the details above.

Deadline for response - 23 May 2014

Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland

Our oversight duties include approval of corporate plans, annual business planning and budgets, monitoring the Commissioner’s expenditure and performance against business targets. We also advise the Commissioner on Government policies and procedures relating to Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) and other matters which may affect it.
For more information you can visit the Commissioner's website.

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