Council Seeks Views of Older People
Mid Ulster District Council is asking people 50 years old and over to tell it what it’s like to live in Mid Ulster.
The work forms part of the development of a three year Age Friendly Strategy and Action Plan for the area, which is being worked on in partnership with the Public Health Agency and Mid Ulster Age Well and which is due to be published later this year.
The questionnaire seeks to find out the benefits and challenges of growing older within the district. Using the themes from the World Health Organisation (WHO) Age Friendly Framework, the wide-ranging survey will cover topics such as outdoor spaces, transport, housing, facilities, social participation and inclusion; as well as employment, community and health services, and more.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Paul McLean has encouraged residents to complete the short survey, saying:
“Research from NISRA tells us that proportion of older people in Mid Ulster is growing - the population aged 60+ in our district is expected to rise to 46,667 by 2043. By developing our new Age Friendly Strategy and Action Plan, Council is making an important commitment to older people now and throughout future generations by outlining how we as a district can become more age friendly.
“Older people have a wealth of lived experience. We want to listen to and learn from these experiences, and hear about their hopes and concerns so that the end result for our strategy and action plan can make a meaningful difference in their lives. As a council we value all input, and I would encourage residents aged 50 and over to share their views and help us make the district a great place for all our citizens to live and grow older in, both now and in the years to come.”
In an age-friendly community, policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environment are designed to support and enable older people to “age actively” – that is, to live in security, enjoy good health and continue to participate fully in society.
An age-friendly world enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities and treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age.
Open until Friday 24 June at 12 noon, you can complete the survey online at www.midulstercouncil.org/agefriendlysurvey or you can ask for a hard copy to complete by contacting the Council’s Age Friendly Co-ordinator via email or by telephone on 03000 132 132.