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Fresh strategy launched to improve the lives of the elderly

 

Age Scotland unveiled the plans on Friday, pledging to tackle age-related poverty.

A national charity has set out an ambitious three-year strategy to support and improve the lives of older people.

Age Scotland consulted widely before producing the strategy, No Time To Lose, which pledges to deliver on key aims to help older people to be as well as they can be, promote positive views of ageing and later life, and to tackle loneliness and isolation.

The strategy highlights the importance of supporting all older people and includes proposals to address specific inequalities faced by ethnic minority and LGBTQ+ communities.

Brian Sloan, chief executive at Age Scotland, said: “Our Age Scotland strategy report sets out a clear and ambitious vision of how we plan to fulfil our mission to improve the lives of older people in Scotland.

“We will build on and expand our extensive work across the country, and forge beneficial partnerships with other organisations that share our goals of supporting older people.”

Age Scotland said they named the report No Time To Lose because they know from conversations with older people, their families and carers, that action is needed now more than ever.

The charity promised to promote positive views of ageing and later life by amplifying the voices of our older people to influence policy and practice, ensuring they can participate fully and feel valued in society.

Plans to expand the charity’s work with veterans and those living with dementia, is also included, along with a pledge to tackle pensioner poverty, campaign to support older people during the cost-of-living crisis and promote age-inclusive communities and workplaces.

Mr Sloan added: “Older people have endured an extremely difficult time during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the opportunity to reconnect and stay connected is vital. We will be focussing on reducing the impact of loneliness and isolation through our friendship line and the wide variety of work we do with community groups and friendship circles.

“We will continue to deliver programmes and activities aimed at improving older people’s health and wellbeing, as well as ensuring they can access support both by growing our own services and building resilience, capacity and sustainability of older people’s community groups across Scotland.

“Our strategy lays out the ways in which we will do this and how we can make a real difference to the lives of older people.”

 

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