Positive Ageing I am proud to be a senior citizen and I believe in working hard to help make this country a great country to grow old in. There is much talk, these days, of revering and caring for the elderly. However most of our older citizens would prefer to be creative contributors to our society rather than passive recipients. Perhaps our focus should be more on the rights of our older citizens. As a society we need to reflect on our attitude to ageing and to older people. Among the key issues we need to address are, Integration, Inclusion, Independence, Access and Supports, Quality of Care, Dignity, Quality of Life and Empowerment. I have been delighted to work with some companies in industry who have instituted a mentoring system to the mutual benefit of those who are retired and those just beginning their careers. In many of our communities, elderly people do sterling work for their local clubs, charities and parishes but sadly there are as many who are isolated and not invited or encouraged to become more involved, or who need more support. Like you, I am incensed by the plague of break-ins that cause severe damage to the well-being and sense of the security of the elderly. I would like to be a strong voice for all our older citizens. I will continue to champion those organisations who promote positive and active ageing with an emphasis on social inclusion and quality of life so that we can all look forward to growing old in a supportive, caring, and compassionate society.