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Most older people feel overlooked; AGEISM.

TWO thirds of older people in Northern Ireland believe their opinions count for nothing, research has revealed.

The assessment held by most over-60s highlights the need for an independent commissioner, the Changing Ageing Partnership claimed.

Cap spokeswoman Anne O'Reilly said: "Society needs to change its negative perceptions of older people. "This can only be achieved by seeking out older people's views, visions and opinions."

There are more than 530,000 people over the age of 50 in Northern Ireland.

The Stormont Executive plans to appoint a full-time commissioner but it could be two years before one begins work.

The Cap survey marks the start of Age Awareness Week.
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