The weather certainly didn’t impact on the residents of Eastwall attending a public launch of the Age Friendly Towns initiative today. This show of community solidarity proved that older people have their community interests at heart.
Maria Hall, Age Friendly Planner said: “It is wonderful to see the older people in Eastwall have a say in how their area is planned for in the future. It is so important that we feel that we can continue to make a contribution to our community, no matter what age we are. The Dublin City Age Friendly Alliance is empowering older people to continue to play an active role in their community.”
Today’s event marked the culmination of a consultation process that has taken place in Eastwall over the last number of months. Some of the key issues highlighted include access to transport, health care, built environment in terms of footpaths, potholes and drainage of shores. These and other issues highlighted will form part of the action plan for the Eastwall area and the appointed steering committee will aim to address these over the short, medium and long-term.
Age Friendly Regional Development Consultant,Pat Doherty, said: “We want to know what matters to the older members of our communities on issues such as public transport, access to quality healthcare, opportunities to socialise and stay connected, and public spaces where they can walk and talk and feel safe. This initiative is an important step in helping to develop a blueprint for how we will plan and develop our city in the coming years to ensure that it is a truly great place in which to grow old.”
Eastwall is one of eight towns in Ireland that are part of the Age Friendly Towns Initiative. This initiative is part of the wider national programme, the Age Friendly Cities & Counties Programme which is working to make Ireland one of the best places in the world in which to grow old. The Programme aims to see all older people living in Ireland enjoying a good quality of life and to participate fully in their communities.