Inspirational older people

People in the South East are being invited to nominate inspirational older people, as part of the new 60 over 60 campaign to celebrate the growing numbers of older people in the UK and around the world.

The call comes from charity Age International, the UK member of the HelpAge global network. HelpAge and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have jointly released the report ‘Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: A Celebration and A Challenge’.

Nominees can be from any walk of life and could include older people in the community who make a difference to those around them by volunteering or acting as carers, or world renowned figures such as Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey and Sir Alex Ferguson.

In the UK over 14m people are 60-plus and across the world 810m, approaching an eighth of the global population, are over 60.

The 60 over 60 campaign aims to draw attention to and celebrate the fact that people are living longer by focusing on inspiring older people.

Nominations will be open until November 23, 2012 at which point an expert panel of respected public figures will narrow the list down to 60 people. Chris Roles, Director of Age International, said: “60 over 60 aims to capture the unique contribution of older people to society in many different ways. This could be in business, politics, the arts, sport or by helping others in our communities. So if you know anyone 60+ who inspires you, we’d love to hear about them.”

People can nominate themselves or an older person they admire by visiting www.7billionactions/60over60, tweeting using the hashtag #60over60 or by posting on HelpAge or UNFPA’s Facebook walls.

For those not online nominations can be sent to 60 over 60 campaign HelpAge International, Tavis House, 1- 6 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9NA.

ANDREW WALKER

Senior media officer, Age UK, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9NA