On Tuesday 4th February I hosted a reception in Parliament for Saga – Britain’s largest provider of home care, and other services aimed specifically at people over 50 years old.
I spoke about the vital contribution older people make to our economy and society as a whole. An increasing number of older people continue working after they retire, many others give vital help to their families by looking after grandchildren, and their communities, for example by volunteering.
Yet all too often we seem to overlook the crucial contribution older people make, talking about them as if they are a ‘burden’. It is time we started to appreciate and celebrate the vital role older people play not only in our families and communities, but in our economy too.