End of an era for Age Concern

Dr Betty Cohen (right) with member Liz Ross and Georgiana Osborne.
Dr Betty Cohen (right) with member Liz Ross and Georgiana Osborne.

Almost 50 years of campaigning for the county’s senior citizens has come to an end with the dissolution of Age Concern Angus.

The group held its final meeting last week under the chairmanship of Dr Betty Cohen who, along with her late husband Dr Cyril Cohen, was one of the organisation’s driving forces.

Its aims will now be carried on through the work of organisations including day care centres and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

Dr Cohen said that the group’s first newsletter was circulated by her husband in 1970 and the last one was delivered shortly before his death in 2013. Annual conferences also began in 1970 and continued until 2010, attracting a wide range of speakers from different fields including Angus Council, Alzheimer Scotland, Angus Credit Union and Help the Aged.

Age Concern continued to lobby for issues including the discharge of older people from Ninewells Hospital at unsocial hours, ambulance services, bus shelters, health issues and many other subjects of concern to older people. The meeting, which was attended by Lord Lieutenant Georgiana Osborne, also saw donations made to many Angus groups including Kirriemuir Age Concern and Forfar and Kirriemuir Day Care Centres.