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Europeans ready for ‘active ageing’,
To mark the start of the 2012 European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity of Generations, the Commission presented a new Eurobarometer survey showing that 71% of Europeans are aware that Europe’s population is getting older, but only 42% are concerned about this development. This is in stark contrast with the perceptions of policy makers, who regard demographic ageing as a major challenge. For most citizens, people aged 55 years and older play a major role in key areas of society. Over 60% believe that we should be allowed to continue working after retirement age and one third says that they would like to work longer themselves. Surprisingly, people closer to retirement are more likely to share this view than the younger generation.
Recession places pressure on pensioners
Older people across Ireland are increasingly balancing budgets and priorities between basic necessities, keeping their houses warm and paying bills finds new research by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI). The research, carried out by Professor Paddy Hillyard, Queen’s University Belfast and Dr Demi Patsios, Bristol University, uses data from before and during the recession to show that pensioners are being affected, particularly in the ability to keep their houses warm and cuts to discretionary spending on items such as annual holidays. It finds that while single pensioners in Northern Ireland remain worst off, living standards for couples in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland (ROI) have worsened due to the recession.
Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet
Just a Reminder for those of you who are interested in submitting entries for the twelfth issue of the very popular Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet, Closing date for receipt of submissions is no later than 4pm on Monday 27th February 2012 Application forms and submission rules are available from the Arts Office, No 76 John Street, Kilkenny Tel: 056 7794138 or can be downloaded from www.kilkennycoco.ie/eng/Services/Arts
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