Leitrim Older Peoples Council was established in 2013 by Leitrim Development Company, as part of Leitrim’s Age Friendly County Strategy. The Council is made up of 26 members; both Service Providers and Older People from across the County. The council aims to be as representative as possible, by representing Older People from all walks of life, including people who can’t take part directly in the decision making process; such as those living in residential care and people suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The purpose of the Council is to assist in the implementation of the Age Friendly strategy and to bring to the attention of the Age Friendly Alliance, issues that might arise within their communities that affect Older People. Leitrim Older Peoples Council meets on a six-weekly basis in Drumshanbo and is supported by Leitrim Development Company.
On September 18th, Leitrim’s Older Peoples Council held an event to bring all the Older Peoples Councils/ Forums from all Age Friendly Counties together for the first time. The event took place in The Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon and was attended by representatives from eight age friendly counties. The aim of this event was to share learning and experience between established and newly emerging Older Peoples Councils/Forums in different counties and also to identify topical issues of national importance to Older People living in Ireland, through the use of facilitated group work activities. This was a very exciting opportunity for representatives from Age Friendly Counties across the Country to meet, share ideas and knowledge and to network.