“I want to make my own decisions”
Vlaamse Ouderenraad collected stories from older persons. They asked them how they feel about ageing and how they would like to be perceived and empowered to participate equally in society.
“My children think that I can no longer do certain things and, well-intentioned, take things off my hands. Or they don’t tell me some things because they want to spare me. I want to be able to make my own decisions.”
Liliane, 68, Flanders
As the official advisory body for the Flemish elderly policy, the Flemish Council of the Elderly (Vlaamse Ouderenraad in Flemish) voices the needs, concerns and proposals of older people in Flanders, Belgium. www.vlaamse-ouderenraad.be