Welcome to Age Friendly Ireland’s Newsletter 

Welcome to the July 2016 edition of the Age Friendly Ireland e-newsletter.   Brendan Kenny Chair, Age Friendly Ireland Deputy Chief Executive, Dublin City Council  A wonderful Video featuring Age Friendly Skerries   Age Friendly in practice: Age Friendly Skerries, a wonderful example of an age friendly town. Take a minute to watch this short video and experience Age Friendly at work in Skerries.   Click to download the video


National Convening of Older People’s Councils, May 2016

On Wednesday, 25th May Dun Laoghaire Rathdown (DLR) Older People’s Council in association with the DLR Age Friendly Alliance and DLR County Council hosted the National Convening of Older People’s Councils, in the Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel, Killiney.   The Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, Councillor Barry Saul gave the opening address plus the convening was the first official engagement of the new Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD (click here for the Minister’s full speech).  Over 100 representatives from Older People’s Councils across Ireland were in attendance along with Local Authority Age Friendly Programme Coordinators, representatives from older person’s organisations and Age Friendly Ireland. Click here to view some photos from the event


Age Friendly Recognition & Achievement Awards Ceremony 2015

On the evening of 24th May 2016 in the Fitzpatrick Killiney Castle Hotel, Age Friendly Ireland co-hosted with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council the second Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards ceremony.  Approximately one hundred truly inspiring projects were submitted from around the country, from which twenty five were shortlisted for their innovative and creative approaches to making Ireland a great place in which to grow old.  All of the twenty five projects were represented on the evening and were presented with a framed certificate during the awards ceremony plus one project from each of the categories was further recognised and presented with a piece of crystal.  It was a wonderful, celebratory evening attended by the Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, Councillor Barry Saul and the delightful Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Mr. Pat Magner.   Download the Age Friendly Recognition and Achievements Awards Brochure Link to Photos from the event

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD launches Mayo’s Age Friendly Strategy

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD officially launched the Mayo Age Friendly County Strategy on Monday June 20th, 2016 in Lough Lannagh Village in Castlebar.  The Taoiseach was joined by the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Michael Holmes, Mayo County Council Chief Executive, Peter Hynes and a large number of invited members of the Community. The Chief Executive said the Mayo strategy, the first in the county, provides an outline of the actions that will be completed in order to improve services and facilities for all its citizens. The Taoiseach concluded the event by laying down a challenge to all present, to support the programme whatever way possible and ensure that Mayo becomes the best place in the country in which to grow old.  Download the Mayo Age Friendly Strategy 2016 – 2020

Sandy Kelly launches Sligo’s Age Friendly County Strategy

Sandy Kelly was in Sligo on 23rd May to launch the Sligo Age Friendly Strategy 2016-2020.  She was joined by the Cathaoirleach, Councillor Rosaleen O’Grady and Chief Executive of Sligo County Council, Ciarán Hayes.  The Cathaoirleach spoke about the importance of enabling people to live full and active lives as they age. She encouraged participation in the Sligo Older Peoples Council through which older people can raise issues of importance, identify priority areas of need and in so doing inform the decision making process of the County’s Age Friendly initiative.  While the Chief Executive and Chairperson of Sligo’s Age Friendly Alliance spoke about the challenges and opportunities that delivering this programme will bring to the county. He said, the agencies represented on the Alliance and members of the Older People’s Council will work in partnership to deliver Age Friendly actions over the coming years. Following the launch of the strategy Sandy Kelly performed a number of songs for the audience who were also entertained by local musician Tony Marren. View photos from the event Sligo’s Age Friendly Strategy

Mary O’Rourke launched the Laois Age Friendly County Strategy 2016-21

Cathaoirleach Catherine Fitzgerald and retired TD and award winning author, Mary O’Rourke launched the Laois Age Friendly County Strategy 2016 – 2021  on Tuesday 14th June in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois. The Cathaoirleach was joined at the launch by fellow speakers Chief Executive of Laois County Council and Chairperson of the Laois County Age Friendly Alliance, Mr. John Mulholland and Orla O’Byrne, Chairperson of the Laois Older Person’s Forum.  The Cathaoirleach said “We are very lucky to have a very active older population in our county. Everyone hopes that as they grow older they will be supported to remain in their own home, be listened to and taken seriously, be able to work or volunteer, enjoy a good social life, and have access to good information and healthcare. These are hopes that we, as local agencies and organisations, want to work together to fulfil in Laois. Chief Executive John Mulholland said” Local older people are key to the process; their collective voice is at the heart of the Age Friendly design. All the great societies of the world down through history have placed great value on the wisdom and life experience that older people brought to their communities. Through the Age Friendly Programme, we are striving to enhance the value and respect for the immense contribution that our older generation makes to our society, in our country and in our county. View photos from the event Laois Age Friendly County Strategy 2016 – 21

County Cavan further enhances its Age Friendly Business Programme

County Cavan has further enhanced its status as an Age-Friendly county after 14 local businesses recently participated in the Age Friendly Business Recognition Scheme.  The businesses from Cavan Town and Cootehill took part in local workshops which were facilitated by Age Friendly Ireland along with Cavan County Council and organised in association with Cavan and Cootehill Chambers.  The Age-Friendly Business Recognition Scheme aims to recognise the efforts and improvements made by local business to provide more age-friendly services and products, to facilitate local businesses to tap into a growing market segment, and to ensure a lasting legacy of business-led initiatives that will improve the lives of older people.  This latest group of age-friendly businesses were recognised at a special event in the Cavan Crystal hotel last month, where Mr Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland presented them with their Age-Friendly Business Charters.  Mr Talbot noted that Cavan was “well ahead” of the national average in terms of the number of age-friendly businesses in the county.   This latest group of participants in the scheme takes the number of age-friendly businesses in the county to 32.


Monaghan’s First Age Friendly Parking Space

The Municipal District of Ballybay-Clones together with Youth Work Ireland (Clones Branch) were delighted to unveil Monaghan’s 1st Age Friendly Parking Space on 22nd June at The Peace Link, Clones.  Following on from the successful roll out of the Age Friendly Business Programme in Clones last year, Youth Work Ireland offered their assistance to support the programme whatever way possible.  Through the Age Friendly Programme the Municipal District encourages all the community to work together to ensure that we meet the challenges that lie ahead in a positive way that will improve the lives of our older citizens in the future.  It is widely recognised that by working together to make small changes in our communities for our older citizens we can positively improve their quality of life.  The event was attended by the Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District, Councillor Pat Treanor along with other Elected Representatives and members of Youth Work Ireland.  Many local groups such as ICA, Active Retirement, Men’s Shed and Peace link Senior Keep Fit Class attended the unveiling.  Afterwards all present enjoyed refreshments courtesy of Youth Work Ireland in the newly refurbished youth centre on Churchill.  All involved would like to thank the Management of the Peace Link for allowing them use of this parking space.

Meath participate in the Housing and Public Realm Training

Age Friendly Ireland have been rolling out training workshops in Housing and Public realm based on the findings of their research on housing for older people and the results of walkability audits around the country.  Nine counties have participated so far.  The Age Friendly Housing and Public realm training which was held on 16th May in Meath was a great success, almost 30 people attended, with engineers, planners, community and councillors taking part.  There was a lively discussion as to how the principles of age friendliness could be integrated into the good work already completed in Meath under housing and public realm.   Read Meath’s suggestions for consideration post training


Age Friendly Business Recognition Programme Case Studies of Age Friendly Business in Action

The Age Friendly Business Recognition Programme supports businesses to become more age friendly and in particular, attract and keep customers within a large, and expanding, demographic.  This booklet highlights the relevance of such an approach and showcases some examples of how businesses have introduced very positive and practical changes which have helped to bring about marked increases in their share of this growing market. Age Friendly Business Case Studies


Louth Sharing the Journey

Louth was the first Age Friendly Programme in Ireland and is now entering its eight year in existence, as such the Alliance and Older People’s Council have reflected on the programmes key achievements and produced this well presented booklet showcasing the projects and initiatives they are most proud of.   Read Louth’s Age Friendly journey


Know your Rights – A Guide for Older People

On 31 May the ICCL launched the seventh guide in the series entitled Know Your Rights – A Guide for Older People. The guide provides detailed information on many of the rights and entitlements of older people in relation to autonomy and participation, economic security, heath and wellbeing. The ICCL Know Your Rights public information project is designed to inform people in clear and accessible language about their rights under various key areas of the law in Ireland.  Download the guide.


50 Plus Expo and SeniorTimes magazine

The 50 Plus Expo, (formerly The Over 50’s Show) is Ireland’s only dedicated national consumer event for older people. It is designed to be an informative, educational and upbeat event for the 1.2 million people who are over 50 in Ireland. It’s ideal for people who are about to retire or already have and want to take up a new hobby or pastime, want to learn about their rights and entitlements and most importantly, keeping themselves mentally and physically active in their latter years. This year the Expo will be held in Killarney, Galway and Dublin. For more information and to request tickets click here


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