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A Strategy to Improve the Lives of People with Disabilities 2012-2015

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Addressing their responsibility to deliver the commitments in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities this policy was also informed by the recommendations of the Promoting Social Inclusion (PSI) Working Group’s report on Disability.

The strategy addresses a series of cross cutting themes (e.g. participation and active citizenship, awareness raising, independent living/choice and control).

While dementia is not referred to specifically, the theme addressing transition from adulthood to later life recognises that many areas of public service do not distinguish between growing old and acquiring a disability and that the prevalence of disability in those aged between 60 and 74 is four times that in those aged between 26 and 44 (Northern Ireland Survey of people with Activity Limitations (NISALD)). The strategy argues that older people with disabilities should be supported in addressing their needs so that they have the same opportunities as older people who do not have a disability. 

Active Ageing Strategy 2014-2020 – Consultation Document

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NI’s ageing strategy, Ageing in an Inclusive Society, was published in 2005 and an active ageing strategy is currently being developed to replace the existing strategy. The purpose of the new strategy will be to transform attitudes to and services for older people.

When developed, it is intended to provide direction for Departments’ policies, make connections between a range of relevant Strategies and lead to the improvement of services for older people. As well as increasing the understanding of the issues affecting older people, the active ageing strategy is expected to facilitate a move away from an emphasis on needs, costs and burden of ageing to the promotion of rights, value and contribution of older people. NI’s national dementia strategy is referred to regularly in the consultation document. The consultation document has outlined five high level goals: independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity, all of which are significant goals for people with dementia. Feedback from The Active Ageing Strategy Consultation, which closed in May 2014, will inform the final version of the strategy due for publication in 2015. 

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