Age Friendly Ireland Newsletter May 2015
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Welcome to Age Friendly Ireland's Newsletter 

As Chairperson of Age Friendly Ireland I would like to warmly welcome you to the fourth edition of Age Friendly News.

Introducing Age Friendly; The Story So Far

Conn Murray, Chair of the City & County Management Association and Chief Executive, Limerick City & County Council
Supported by considerable planning and preparation, local government in Ireland now has a very clear purpose and a definite direction. This has involved the development of a new model of local governance and service delivery Read More >>

Download Age Friendly Ireland's Story So Far

Healthy & Positive Ageing Initiative Preliminary Report

The  Healthy & Positive Ageing Initiative  Preliminary Report, the first for the Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative, provides an overview of current evidence on the lives of older people. It will establish a baseline against which we can measure progress on positive ageing and allow us to identify areas of potential need.
 Read the Ministers Foreword >>

Download the full Report here >>>

Launch of Limerick's Age Friendly Cities & Counties Programme Strategy

Age Friendly Limerick 2015-2020 officially declaring Limerick as an ‘Age Friendly’ location was launched by Minister of State for Primary and Social Care, Kathleen Lynch TD at an event in the South Court Hotel. Read More >> 

Download Minister's Speech 
Download Limerick's Age Friendly Strategy here


Daniel launches Donegal Age Friendly Strategy on a high note!

Singing star Daniel O’Donnell urged Donegal’s older population not to be afraid to continue to make a valuable contribution to society as they had the experience, knowledge and tenacity to do so.  He was speaking at the official launch of the Donegal Age Friendly Strategy in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.
Read More >>> 

Age Friendly Sligo Officially Launched

Wed 11th February saw the official launch of the Sligo Age Friendly Programme in the Clarion Hotel. The event was opened by Cllr Tom McSharry and Sligo's Chief Executive Ciaran Hayes, chair of the newly established Age Friendly Alliance spoke about his vision for Age Friendly in Sligo.  Read More >>>

Ageing Well Network: A Case Study of an Irish Success Story in the Field of Ageing
by Susan Parker

In the mid-2000s, the ageing field in the Republic of Ireland was weak and fragmented—at a time when the country was facing a dramatic increase in the number of older people in the coming years.
The Ageing Well Network, formed in 2007.
Read More >>>
Download the report here

Age Friendly Business Recognition Programme

Age Friendly Ireland is now providing direct support to guide the set up and implementation of this exciting programme in four of the age friendly city and town areas.      Read More >>>


Siel Bleu announced the release of their European Commission funded study HAPPIER. Supported by the French Ministry of Health, HAPPIER is the first study of its kind to examine the efficacy of our types of programmes on nursing home residents, staff and the entire organisation.
Read More >>>

Dementia Elevator free online training for retail staff

The Dementia Elevator team is delighted to inform you that our Dementia Training for Retailers programme is now available on the Elevator website within the training section - dementia awareness training - essential skills for public facing services 

For further information visit the website here

Trinity EngAGE Open Online Course (MOOC) on Positive Ageing

Trinity EngAGE Centre for Research in Ageing is partnering with AFI to develop a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Positive Ageing
For further information click here

Think Ahead is a citizen led initiative aimed at guiding people on planning for end of life. 

Using a simple form, Think Ahead urges people to Think, Talk, Tell and Record their personal preferences for future medical, financial and personal care, regardless of their age or health.                      Read More >>>

Ireland Targets Job Opportunities in the Smart Ageing Sector – Taoiseach 

Ireland well-positioned to take advantage of the fast-growing global market. Speaking after the latest Action Plan on Jobs Progress Report, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said “The number of people over 60 will more than double by 2020 – with a spending power of 15 trillion dollars globally. Read More >>>

The Executive Summary of the Report is available to read here, and the Full Report is available here.
To date 29 out of 31 Local Authorities have now formally adopted the Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme.  Here you can catch up on news from across the Age Friendly community.    Read More >>


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