Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, met with older people from across the country at an event in Parliament organised by the charity Age UK.
The Age Champions event held in Parliament was an opportunity for MPs to speak with older people and charity workers about many of the issues affecting people in later life, and what Government and communities can do in the coming years to make Tameside, Stockport and the whole of the UK a better place to grow older.
Caroline Abrahams, Age UK’s Charity Director, drew attention to the difficulties faced by people in midlife who have to juggle working with caring for a loved one, and Penny Pullinger, from Age UK South Lakeland, described how she is working to prevent loneliness in her area.
Stephen Crabb, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, urged everyone to listen to older people and celebrate our longer lives and the opportunities they are bringing for us as individuals and as a society.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I heard about the opportunities and challenges of an ageing population and about a number of issues being faced by many in later life, including loneliness and isolation, long term health conditions and living on a fixed income.
“It is absolutely crucial that we work together to help those supporting older people.”
For more information about our local Age UK and Age UK’s work more generally please visit www.ageuk.org.uk