Age Friendly Ireland Newsletter January/February 2015
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Issue 3 January/February 2015

Welcome to Age Friendly Ireland's Newsletter 

I am delighted to welcome you to the third edition of Age Friendly News. 

2015 promises to be both an exciting and challenging year for the Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme. 

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Take a look at the Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme through the eyes of a member of the National Implementation and Integration Group, Dr Stephanie O'Keeffe.

Dr Stephanie O'Keeffe
National Director of Health & Wellbeing, HSE

Dr. Stephanie O'Keeffe is National Director of Health and Wellbeing in the HSE.  Dr. O'Keeffe previously was the first Director of a new Health and Wellbeing Programme in the Department of Health where she led out on the development of Ireland's first inter-sectoral population health framework, Healthy Ireland.  Dr O'Keeffe is a member of the National Implementation and Integration Group. Here she tells us about the important work of the Health and Wellbeing Division in the HSE and the synergies with the work of the Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme. 

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Ireland becomes first EU State to commit to developing an age friendly society

On Thursday, 27th of November 2014, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke, An Taoiseach, New Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan, and representatives of the country’s 31 local authorities gathered in Dublin to declare Ireland’s united commitment to creating an age friendly State.

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Celebration of Work to Make Communities More Age Friendly

Aogan O'Fearghaill - President Elect GAA

On January 20th last, the inaugural Age Friendly Achievement and Recognition Awards 2014 recognised some of extensive work undertaken across the country to make Ireland a great place in which to grow old. 

Click here to read more about the event 
Follow this link to view images from the event on our Facebook page 
Click here to read about the shortlisted projects
Click here to view the Programme Notes for the event

Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme Handbook

With many Programme areas at ‘early engagement’ phase in adopting the Age Friendly Programme, sharing of practice and learnings will be of considerable importance. We are therefore very pleased, as part of this newsletter, to share a new Age Friendly Programme Handbook which has been written primarily to provide very practical guidance and to take the Age Friendly Alliances through the key stages involved in setting up and running an Age Friendly Programme.

Click here to view the Handbook

Healthy and Positive Ageing Outcomes Initiative (HaPAI) 

The Department of Health, together with The Atlantic Philanthropies, the HSE's Health and Wellbeing Division, and Age Friendly Ireland have agreed on a joint programme to monitor and promote older people's health and wellbeing in Ireland. This programme (the Healthy and Positive Ageing Outcomes Initiative) is intended to measure the implementation of the National Positive Ageing Strategy (NPAS). 

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Older People have their voice heard by HSE, Quality and Patient Safety Directorate

Between the 12th November and the 3rd December 2014 a series of Listening Meetings were held with  5 Older People’s Councils (OPC’s) throughout the country. The listening meetings, facilitated by Age Friendly Ireland and five city and county Age Friendly Programmes, provided an opportunity for the HSE’s Quality & Patient Safety Directorate to meet with OPC’s to hear their experience of health care services in Ireland.



Research into the effectiveness of Assistive Living Technologies

The SLIOTAR project aims to review the effectiveness of the Assistive Living Technologies and Social Interventions used in the Great Northern Haven (GNH) Complex, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland. This is an on-going research project with a report on the findings due to be published in the first quarter of 2015.

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Irish National Dementia Strategy

The Irish National Dementia Strategy was launched on 17th December 2014. The Department of Health and the HSE have agreed a joint initiative with the Atlantic Philanthropies to implement significant elements of the Strategy over the period 2014-2017.  


Click here to download a copy of the Strategy

Older People Remaining at Home (OPRAH)

OPRAH is a project that is aimed at supporting older adults to remain living in their own homes and communities. It aims to reduce repeated hospital admissions and early entry to long-term nursing home care. The project is backed up by a rigorous independent evaluation done by Trinity College.

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The mission of Sage is “to promote and protect the rights, freedoms and dignity of older people by developing support and advocacy services wherever ageing poses a challenge for individuals.”


Innovative technologies can help preserve the independence of older people

Over the next three decades Ireland's population will age dramatically.  However, the next generation of older people is likely to be different from the current cohort; better educated, more widely travelled and more computer and smartphone literate. It is now time to start planning for a different future with a range of different care options for this group as they age.

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Active Senior Citizens for an Age-Friendly EU – ASCE project conference

Ellen Reddin, who represents Age Friendly Ireland at the Active Senior Citizens for Europe project, was invited to speak at the final conference on ‘Active Senior Citizens for an Age Friendly EU’ which was hosted by AGE Platform Europe, the Active Senior Citizens for Europe project and MEP Eduard Kukan and was held in the European Parliament in Brussels on 8th December 2014.  

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Hugh O’Connor, Age Friendly Ireland, visits Ageing Well in Wales

Ageing Well in Wales is a national partnership programme with the overall aim to improve the lives of people aged 50+ living in Wales. It has five main themes through which it will achieve this aim; Age-Friendly Communities, Dementia Supportive Communities, Falls Prevention, Opportunities for Learning and Employment and Loneliness and Isolation.
The Programme was officially launched by Wales’ Minister for Health and Social Services, Prof. Mark Drakeford AM on 22nd October 2014.  Hugh O’Connor, Chief Executive of Age Friendly Ireland was invited to the launch and to speak with representatives from across the Local Authorities about age-friendly communities at a recent event.


The City: 2030 & Beyond

by Sarah Bowman
Director of Public Programmes
Trinity EngAGE Centre for Research on Ageing

A person-centred approach from Dublin, Ireland

“What is a city but the people?” wrote Shakespeare

The ideal city comes back to this notion: its people are its greatest resource.  The city inspires each of us – neighbours, colleagues, students, advocates, leaders, community care-givers, investors, and inventors – to collective action. Children, older adults, and everyone in between has a role in advancing this evolving place, ensuring it attracts a diverse population.  Our shared value is pride of place and from this foundation, our choices protect and advance the city such that our triumphs are lasting.


Dementia Elevator Retail Training

The Dementia Elevator programme will soon launch a Retail Training Programme. The training aims give customer facing retail staff an awareness of dementia, and skills to engage effectively customers who may have dementia. The training will be solution focused with opportunities for interaction and reflection and will be available very soon. 

Click here to view a promotional video for the training
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