The health and well-being of older people is in the spotlight today, as International Day of Older Persons reminds communities across NSW to tap into the talents of seniors. The theme for International Day of Older Persons 2017 is ‘Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.’ Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies, said today highlights the importance of making it as easy as possible for older people to fully participate in our communities. “Our seniors need to be given the voice, the opportunity and right supports so they can fully contribute and be included in their communities,” Mrs Davies said. “Seniors are vital to making our local communities tick, and we must do all we can to help them lead active, independent and healthy lives.” Mrs Davies said this year’s theme aligns with the NSW Government’s Ageing Strategy 2016-2020, which sets out to prioritise opportunities for older people and address the challenges of an ageing population. “The NSW Government will continue to support innovative programs and strategies, such as Tech Savvy Seniors, Seniors Card and the Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit, and I urge others across NSW to continue to find new ways to tackle ageism.” For further information visit: www.facs.nsw.gov.au/participation-and-inclusion/the-nsw-ageing-strategy-2016-2020 or call the Ageing Team on (02) 9377 6000. Further details about International Day of Older Persons go to: www.un.org/en/events/olderpersonsday .