Age Friendly Ireland Newsletter July - August 2014
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Welcome to Age Friendly Ireland's First Newsletter 

As Chairperson of Age Friendly Ireland I would like to warmly welcome you to the first edition of Age Friendly News. I hope that this is the first in a long series of informative newsletters that will keep you up to date with developments as the Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme is further extended across the country.

Take a look at the Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme through the eyes of a County Manager, Chair of an Older People's Forum and an Independent Chair of an Alliance.
Jack Keyes
Former Cavan County Manager

Jack Keyes is the former County Manager for Cavan and has worked closely with Age Friendly Ireland to develop the Age Friendly Programme in Cavan. 

Nora Webster
Chair of Older People's Forum in Kilkenny

Nora Webster has been a member of the Kilkenny Age Friendly Alliance since its inception in 2010 where she represents the voice of older people in the city and county as chair of the Older People’s Forum (Council). 
Nickey Brennan
Kilkenny's Age Friendly Alliance

Nickey Brennan is a member of Kilkenny's Age Friendly Alliance since its inception in 2010 and has been the Independent Chair since 2011. Nickey had a most distinguished hurling career.  


European Innovation Partnership Conference

European Innovation Partnership Conference which was held across 3rd and 4th July in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk.

In 2012 the Age Friendly Alliances in the North East Region (Louth, Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Fingal and Leitrim) came together to form a Regional Alliance to share best practice and to work to mutual advantage at better scale.


Planning for Healthy Communities

This article focuses on looking at how planning can influence the determinants of health by encouraging more active lifestyles. It also considers the accessibility of the built environment in the context of an ageing population.



Catch up on recent news from across the network of Age Friendly Cities and Counties. 


Bi-annual Convening of the Age Friendly Alliance Chairs 

The Chairs of the Age Friendly Alliances across the country came together in January this year to advise on the Programme’s long term ambitions.  They met again on the 2nd July in Dublin where there was an excellent turnout from 20 of the Alliances which is reflective of the rapid growth of the Programme over the first six months of 2014.

The bi-annual meetings are designed to allow for the sharing of best practice around the roll out of the Programme and related project development. The meetings offer an opportunity to collectively problem solve roadblocks to the programme’s progression. These convenings allow for more experienced chairs to share their experiences of supporting the development of the Programme on the ground with chairs who are relative new comers to the Programme. The next meeting is due to take place in January of 2015.

Age Friendly: The Irish Experience

To mark the Programme's 5th Anniversary Age Friendly Ireland is currently compiling an overview of the Age Friendly Irish experience. This will provide a guide on how the Programme has evolved across its formative years and an overview of the range of innovative and creative responses that have been introduced.

Older voters put politicians through their paces

Rural isolation, the lack of a local hospice, and the future of the brewery site were among the topics discussed in May at a ‘Meet the Candidates’ event, organised by Kilkenny Older People’s Forum.

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Age Friendly Ireland launches its new website

Age Friendly Ireland is delighted to share our newly designed website with you. Please follow the link below to find out more about the programme and allow us the opportunity to share the experiences and ideas which reflect the voices of those implementing and participating in this Programme. 

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How British Columbia is planning for Healthy Ageing

Making plans and decisions today will help better prepare you for tomorrow. 

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