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Respect & Social Inclusion

Why it’s relevant

Far too often, older people are stereotyped and excluded. Negative images of age and ageing can result in disrespectful behaviour. Some ageism biases that sadly exist can result in older people feeling that they are not listened to and are a burden on society.

Members of the Older People’s Council pictured before their meeting. Limerick City and County Council, Dooradoyle, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene/Fusionshooters

The extent to which older people participate in the social, civic and economic life of the city is also closely linked to their experience of inclusion. Respect and feelings of social inclusion often have an impact on an older person’s health and wellbeing and their levels of social, civic and economic participation.

Everyone wants to feel valued. Intergenerational activities are a great way for young and old to learn from one another, recognise what each has to offer and, at the same time, feel good about themselves.

Age Friendly Cities and Counties counter ageism and prejudice through promoting age awareness and informing the general public about the rights, needs and potential of the diversity of older people, and highlighting their social, economic and cultural contributions to the community.

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