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PAG public meeting: Not Old but Gold!

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PAG Public Meeting

"Not Old but Gold!" 

Making the Isle of Man a great place to grow old

Dr John. K Wardle MB,BS, FRCPath. 
Retired Consultant Pathologist, Nobles Hospital, IoMand chair of U3A (IoM)
Professor Sarah M McGhee PHD,FFPH, 
Honorary Professor, The University of Hong Kong School of Public Health
Ravina A Talbot M.A , BSc.
Associate Lecturer in Health and Social Care,The Open University.

7.30 p.m. Monday 23rd February 2015

Manx Legion Club. Market Hill, Douglas

"I warn you not to be ordinary, I warn you not to be young, I warn you not to fall ill, and I warn you not to grow old."
Those are the prophetic campaigning words of Neil Kinnock in the 1980's.
Well over 30 years later, here in the Isle of Man we've had a similar warning, this time from our own Chief Minister. Allan Bell incensed people by stating in his Progress Report to Tynwald  October 2014:
"The biggest threat to the economic and social future of the Isle of Man is the demographic reality that our nation is growing older. As in many nations, without greater economic expansion there will be fewer people of working age to pay for the needs of the elderly and the young. In the next 20 years, the number of residents aged 65 and over is expected to grow by 75%, with the overall population growing by only 16%. Even overlooking the effects of inflation or a demand for more services, this could mean that the cost of healthcare for people over 80 alone in the Isle of Man would double from roughly £25 million to more than £50 million in that same period.
A working group examining the issues relevant to the ageing population will be reporting soon to the Council of Ministers. I have asked for resources to be put in place to take forward its recommendations with some urgency. I intend to use their report to stimulate a wide public discussion on how we address the difficult issues of providing pensions, healthcare and social services……"
In economic terms western society may be pessimistic about an increasing ageing  population, but is it, and will it be, all doom and gloom in the future?
Outraged by Allan Bell's statement, and other policitians language when referring to older people, many felt the subject needed a wider debate with some of these  assumptions challenged.
A talented team from the Isle of Man branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A) decided to investigate the contribution that the elderly make to society. The team uncovered some very interesting data and evidence which challenges a populist misconception.It will be presented and discussed at PAG's February public meeting.
As usual the audience will be able to contribute to the debate and discuss some of the issues and solutions suggested by the team .
*The meeting is free and open to all*


+1 #1 Nice to be appreciatedMuriel Garland 2015-02-21 08:42
In the latest IOM government media release about the development of Glenside we are referred to as 'the much valued members of our population'.
That's better than 'a ticking time-bomb for the island in the future.'
But 'members of our community' would have been better.

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