According to a statement by the department for work and pensions, the new Age Action Alliance brings together groups from across the voluntary, private and public sectors, including Age UK

The launch was timed to coincide with Older People's Day celebrations, and just before the scrapping of the default retirement age.

The DWP statement said the initiative has the support of Prime Minister David Cameron, who said: "People are now living longer, more active lives and we must do more to reach out to older generations, not only to help the most vulnerable but also to understand their needs better and recognise the important role they play in society.

"So many older people take an active role in their local community that puts many of us to shame. I want to encourage others to follow in their footsteps, through volunteering and being part of the Big Society so we can all benefit from their experience, knowledge and enthusiasm."

Iain Duncan Smith, secretary of state for work and pensions said Age Action Alliance was about getting groups together in order to share ideas about how social justice can be achieved for older people at a local level."

Michelle Mitchell, charity director of Age UK, said: "We celebrate the fact that not only is life expectancy increasing, but that also society's view of retirement is changing.

"But there are still too many people not able to enjoy later life as much as they could because they live on the edges of communities, often with little human contact."

Article from FT Adviser