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Age Friendly Ireland Newsletter September - October 2014
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Issue 2 October 2014

Welcome to Age Friendly Ireland's Newsletter 


I am delighted to welcome you to the second edition of Age Friendly News. On behalf of Age Friendly Ireland, I want to thank everyone for the positive feedback we received in response to our first edition released at the end of July.

This autumn is proving to be a very busy period for the national Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme, with a number of key milestone events taking place.


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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 and a Programme Coordinator.
Jack Nolan
Assistant Commissioner,
An Garda Síochána

Mr. Jack Nolan is the Assistant Commissioner for Organisational Development and Strategic Planning and the Assistant Commissioner for the South Eastern Garda Region and is a member of Age Friendly Ireland’s high level advisory group, the National Integration & Implementation Group (NIIG).

Hugh Fahey
Dublin City Age Friendly Coordinator and Officer for Social Inclusion, Dublin City Council

"We’re planning for future generations of older people. My goal is to live to 90 and I plan to stay living in Dublin for the rest of my life so I really am planning for an age-friendly older age!"


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Staying Safe and Secure

Crime Prevention Ambassadors Programme


Policing statistics finds that older people are less likely to be a victim of crime: however the fear of crime is significantly higher among the older population. Fear of crime can have negative effects on quality of life, limiting the activities of individuals, which can further impact physical, social and emotional well-being. This, along with a feeling of vulnerability, can lead to isolation and exclusion of older people from their local community. 

The Garda Older People’s Strategy aims to ensure that older people feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. It is from the Garda Older People’s Strategy the Crime Prevention Ambassadors programme emerged.  


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Dedicated older persons’ Gardaí to be introduced throughout Dublin
 

As part of an initiative to make Dublin city more age friendly, a dedicated Garda officer with responsibility for older people is to be appointed in every Garda station in the capital and high-visibility patrols are to be introduced in areas with high numbers of older people. The undertakings are intended to make older people feel safer when living in or visiting the capital. 

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Making our communities safe for older adults in Cavan and Monaghan

by Anita Murphy
 

"Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be." Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Feeling safe and secure at home is important for people of all ages but it becomes particularly important for people as they grow older, offering them “peace of mind” in the face of increasing vulnerability.

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

 
 


The Launch of Dublin Age Friendly City


Ireland recently took major steps towards becoming an age friendly country with the launch of the capital's age friendly strategy. Minister Kathleen Lynch TD explained the importance of the programme and Ms Ellen Reddin described her experiences of the programme as a representative of older people. 

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Beaumont Hospital to Become the First Age Friendly Hospital

Beaumont Hospital has recently embarked on a journey to become the first Age Friendly Hospital in Ireland. The initiative is embedded in an organisational commitment to the development of comprehensive, integrated and patient focused services for Older Persons – guided by both the World Health Organisations (WHO) Age Friendly Principles (2004) and the key tenets of the National Care of the Elderly Programme (NCPOP, 2012).

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Launch of "Only the Lonely"


Friday, 3rd October saw the launch, by Dr Stephanie O'Keeffe, HSE National Director of Health and Wellbeing, of an evaluation of an effective and low-cost befriending intervention designed to tackle loneliness among older adults. The study, conducted by Prof Brian Lawlor, MISA/St James hospital, produced very positive findings, providing an evidence basis for this type of intervention. 

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The first Older Peoples' Council national event

 
The first Older Peoples’ Council (OPC) national event was held last month in Leitrim, with representatives from the OPCs of eight age friendly counties meeting together for the first time in order to share learning and experience between established and newly emerging OPCs and identify issues of national importance for Ireland’s older people.

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Age Friendly East Wall Public Launch


In August, the residents of Eastwall attended a public launch of the Age Friendly Towns initiative, marking the culmination of a consultation process over several months, which will contribute to the age friendly action plan for the area. 

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NANA Café, London - Engaging Older Women in Social Enterprise

 
NANA is a comfort food and craft cafe hosted by older ladies from Hackney in East London. The social enterprise aims to reduce social isolation amongst these older women by empowering them to get involved with their community through
hosting a café. 

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