Please look out for older people as Met Office extends heat alert

As the Met Office extends an Amber Extreme Heat warning from Sunday 17 into Tuesday 19 July, highlighting the risks even to people in good health, Age NI renews calls for us all to look out for older friends, family and neighbours, especially those who are more vulnerable for any reason, such as those with heart conditions or breathing difficulties. Read more

TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR OLDER PEOPLE TO QUALIFY FOR CHANCELLOR’S £650 COST-OF-LIVING PAYMENT

Age NI urges all pensioners on a low income to claim Pension Credit now or risk missing out on extra help towards the cost of living Read more

Rosemary's Incredible ‘Big Knit’

Nimble-fingered Coleraine knitter, Rosemary Neely, has knitted over 2,500 tiny hats to support Age NI fundraising through its Innocent Smoothie Big Knit campaign. Age NI receives 25p for every tiny hat, which will sit on top of smoothie bottles in the autumn. Rosemary’s amazing contribution has raised a fantastic £640! Read more

Age NI response to Reform of Adult Social Care public consultation

Age NI welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation and we acknowledge the ambition, complexity and challenge associated with reform of this nature and scale. Read more

Ralph's Story

Ralph is 82 years old, and for the last eight years he has been caring for his wife who is living with dementia. Three years ago, Ralph was put in touch with Sam Cunningham from our First Connect Team. Sam share’s Ralph’s story here. Read more

Age NI appeals for volunteers to help older people

Age NI is appealing for more volunteers to join the charity and help make a huge difference to the lives of older people this Volunteers’ Week. The annual celebration, which runs from 1–7 June, recognises the phenomenal contribution of volunteers in communities across Northern Ireland. Read more

Coalition of Carers Organisations member’s statement on the reopening of day centres, short breaks and respite support in Northern Ireland

As Carers Week 2022 begins, members of the Coalition of Carers Organisations NI are issuing a joint call for the full reopening of day centres, short breaks and respite support in every Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland. Read more

Age NI statement on the cost of living

Age NI calls for immediate action by local politicians to unlock financial support for older people in Northern Ireland. Life is becoming unaffordable as almost 40% of older households will be unable to cover essential spending this year. Read more

1000 Days Letter to Health Minister

It’s 1000 days since the Reshaping Stroke Care consultation closed. We’ve written to Health Minister Robin Swann supporting Stroke Association NI’s calls for progress. Older patients need informed, ambitious and timely stroke transformation and delivery. Read the full letter here. Read more

Boardroom Apprentice

Applications for this year’s Boardroom Apprentice programme are now open. Open to those aged 16 or over from all backgrounds and all abilities, this unique board learning and development programme is looking for a diverse range of Boardroom Apprentices to take a seat at one of 58 host boards and attend a suite of learning days throughout the year. Read more

Help with Benefits and Bills

If you’re an older person, Age NI’s More Money in Your Pocket guide will help make sure you’re getting all the money you should be. With the increased cost of living, we’ll explain the various benefits you could be entitled to, and how to claim them. Read more

Age NI launches NI Assembly Manifesto, Act4Age

Action on health and social care, public transport access, digital inclusion, and an end to age discrimination… these are just some of the calls to action in Age NI’s 2022 Assembly Election Manifesto, Act4Age, as the charity highlights the impact and opportunities of longer life on future public services. Read more

2022 Senior Driver Magazine

We are excited to have linked with Senior Driver magazine, a specialist local publication aimed at supporting older drivers to get on the road confidently and safely. Read more

Support for older people in Ukraine

Age NI, along with the NI Commissioner for Older People, and Age partners across the UK have written to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, urging the UK government to do all it can to protect and promote the rights of older people in Ukraine and those now seeking refuge. Read more

Age NI’s benefits checker helping to ease energy bill burden

This winter is hitting some older people especially hard, as sharp hikes in energy costs start to bite. For older people on a modest fixed income, a sudden 50% rise in essential household bills can mean difficult budgeting decisions, just to keep warm and well at home. With our benefits checker, Age NI is here to help. Read more

Julie’s Running for Age NI inspired by “Amazing” Grace

Here at Age NI we rely on fundraising by members of the public to keep our vital services going for older people across Northern Ireland. One such fundraiser is Julie, from County Antrim, who will be running the Belfast SPAR Craic 10K on St Patrick’s Day to support our work, inspired by a 93-year-old runner she met at the Park Run. Read more

Age Inclusion Conference

Putting age inclusion on the agenda. 9 March 9am - 12pm. Keynote Speaker Ruby Wax OBE. Mental health campaigner, broadcaster and best selling author. Read more

Age NI Statement on Consultation on Reform of Adult Social Care

Age NI welcomes the launch of the consultation on the reform of Adult Social Care by the Health Minister today. Read more

Age NI Response to £55m Energy Payment Support Scheme

Read the Age NI response to the announcement by the Department for Communities of a further £55m Energy Payment Support Scheme. Read more

Joint Statement on Winter Support for Older People

Winter often brings a number of challenges for older people and as we continue to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and the emergence of the Omicron variant, this winter is likely to be more difficult than most. As a group of organisations working on behalf of older people, we want to ensure that older people’s needs are considered and not forgotten as decisions are made over the coming weeks and months to respond to the pandemic. Read more

Healthy Ageing Calendar Gift to 140,000 older people

The Public Health Agency (PHA), together with charity Age NI, and the Northern Ireland Frailty Network, have launched a major public information initiative targeted specifically at boosting the health and wellbeing of older people in 2022. Read more

Covid Christmas a Huge Dilemma for Lonely Older People

One in five older people say they are too worried about Covid to spend Christmas with loved ones. After last year’s Lockdown Christmas, a survey by Age NI reveals that spending Christmas with friends and family is more important than ever before for older people.  75% of those surveyed by the charity agreed this year’s festivities will take on special significance, however the fear of Covid continues to cast a shadow. Read more

Ernie's Story

66-year-old Ernie came to us last year at the toughest of times. He was feeling very low, isolated and he felt he had nowhere left to turn. Read about how Ernie's life has been turned around since being referred to Age NI. Read more

Keysafes Launch

No more leaving a key under a plant pot! Age NI is excited to expand its range of independent living products with the launch of its new Keysafes. A keysafe is a simple but smart and secure way to leave your key safely outside your house. Read more