Respect for the older persons, 2017

Submitted by: NCW Leicester Branch

The World Health Organisation says:

“An age-friendly world enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities and treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age. It is a place that makes it easy for older people to stay connected to people that are important to them. It helps people stay healthy and active even at the oldest ages and provides appropriate support to those who can no longer look after themselves.”

The National Council of Women in Conference assembled urges Her Majesty’s Government to:

  • Stimulate a change in social attitudes and educate the public in understanding the older person by encouraging awareness of ageing.
  • Positively promote partnerships to nurture empathy in community connections to prevent mistreatment and bullying of senior citizens.
  • Ensure places of employment develop a culture of respect in the workplace for older people in the knowledge that we are expected to work well into our 70s in the future.
  • Ensure schools/colleges link up with appropriate local organizations, so that students can look at the role of older people in society and promote positive attitudes towards them. 
  • Promote an environment where older people have no fear of disclosing their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and can express this to their care providers without discrimination.
  • Encourage planners to focus on mixed use development around bus routes and rail/bus stations to cater for all ages.
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