Launch of Dublin City Age Friendly City Strategy

Dublin Age Friendly City Strategy 2014-19

Dublin Age Friendly City has, today, launched its first Dublin City Age Friendly Strategy.

The launch took place in City Hall in Dublin City Centre and speakers on the day included Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch TD, Cllr Críona Ní Dhálaigh and community activist Ellen Reddin.

This Strategy will be the driver of collaboration by a number of organisations who will work together over the next five years with a focus on improving the quality of lives of older people in Dublin city. Older People themselves are central to this process. They are directly involved in this process through membership of Older Person’s Councils and Age Friendly Alliances. This strategy is a direct response to the views gathered from 950 older people over the age of 55 years in Dublin city. The Values, Vision, Mission and Strategic Goals that will drive the Dublin Age Friendly City project come directly from the views of older people, service providers and the organisations taking part in this project. The model has been adopted from the World Health Organisation’s model of Age Friendly Cities and Communities Programme. This is part of the national roll out of Age Friendly Cities and Communities by Age Friendly Ireland.

Minister Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Primary Care, Social Care (Disability and Older People) and Mental Health, said: “In 2013 the Government published the National Positive Ageing Strategy and launched Healthy Ireland, a national framework that aims to increase the health and wellbeing of people at all stages of life, including old age. Positive ageing and healthy ageing are in everyone’s interest and the Dublin City Age Friendly Strategy is one of the many ways that we, as a society, will realise the aims and aspirations of these two vital national documents.”

“I am heartened to see the high level of partnership involvement from the public, private, community and voluntary sectors in this initiative. A partnership that I know is being reflected in other counties and cities around Ireland. I wish Age Friendly Ireland and the Age Friendly City and Counties Programme continued success. The Government is fully committed to supporting and encouraging all stakeholders in this journey.”

Visit www.dublincity.ie/agefriendlycity to download a copy of the Dublin City Age Friendly Strategy and to find out more about Dublin Age Friendly City.