Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, met with older people from across the country at an event in Parliament organised by the charity Age UK.
The Age Champions event was the charity’s annual summer reception and highlighted the challenges of an ageing population and opportunities in later life.
MPs heard how they can tackle issues affecting older people in Poplar and Limehouse and across the country, including loneliness and isolation, social care and the importance of a decent income.
“It’s right the crisis in social care is finally getting the attention it deserves. The public are now more aware than ever the problems some are facing in later life. It’s astonishing to think one million people are not receiving the care they need to live with dignity and respect.
“What they need are viable solutions from the government and the work organisations like Age UK are doing on issues like fuel poverty, loneliness and the care system is invaluable. It was great to be able to support their efforts.”
Speaking at the event, Age UK Chief Executive, Tom Wright CBE, said:
“I am delighted to say that we now have over 130 Age Champion MPs from all sides of the House and I hope that many others will want to join as this Parliament proceeds.
“This new Parliament offers a great opportunity for policymakers to work together with organisations like Age UK with a view to ensuring that every older person can live with dignity and enjoy a fulfilling later life.
“Issues like the fragility of our social care system and the chronic loneliness that affects too many are not going away and our older population badly needs us to find solutions for them.”
Throughout the event MPs learned more about how Age UK can help them to improve the lives of older people in their constituencies and make the most of their role as an ‘Age Champion’.
For more information about your local Age UK and Age UK’s work more generally please visit: www.ageuk.org.uk