Dublin Aims To Be an Age Friendly Capital City

The Dublin City Age Friendly Strategy 2014 - 2019 is an initiative designed to create a capital city where older people are valued and respected.  It seeks to improve the quality of lives of people over the age of 55 in Dublin city. This strategy is being implemented by the Dublin City Age Friendly Alliance. This Alliance is an inter-agency group, led by Dublin City Council.  This is part of a national Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme spear headed by Age Friendly Ireland.
Dublin’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke, will launch this initiative on Wednesday 10th September 2014 at 3pm   in City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2.  The Lord Mayor will be joined at the launch by fellow speakers Minister Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Primary Care, Social Care (Disability and Older People) and Mental Health, and Ms. Ellen Reddin, a representative older person who sits on the Older Person’s Council in the North West area of Dublin City.
Lord Mayor Christy Burke, Chair of the Dublin City Age Friendly Alliance said, “An age friendly capital city is an aspiration which must be realised.  As statistics show our older population is increasing which has major implications for service providers and the long term planning of Dublin city.  I am very pleased that Dublin City Council in conjunction with its key statutory, private and community partners are so actively involved in implementing the Dublin City’s Age Friendly Strategy.  This is Dublin’s opportunity to have consideration for our older citizens and to learn from their life experience.” 
Minister Lynch said, “In 2013 the Government published the National Positive Ageing Strategy and launched Healthy Ireland, a national framework that aims to increase the health and wellbeing of people at all stages of life, including old age. Positive ageing and healthy ageing are in everyone’s interest and the Dublin City Age Friendly Strategy is one of the many ways that we as a society will realise the aims and aspirations of these two vital national documents. I am heartened to see the high level of partnership involvement from the public, private and community and voluntary sectors in this initiative. A partnership that I know is being reflected in other counties and cities around Ireland. I wish Age Friendly Ireland and the Age Friendly City and Counties Programme continued success. The Government is fully committed to supporting and encouraging all stakeholders in this journey.”
The Dublin Age Friendly City Programme was established in February 2013.  The Dublin City Age Friendly Alliance, an inter-agency planning Alliance, has been established to oversee the implementation of the initiative at city level. The programme is being rolled out via local alliances, in each of the five Dublin City Council’s administrative areas in the city. Each Alliance comprises statutory, non-statutory, voluntary, educational and business groups and is led by Dublin City Council. Older people will also be represented on each Alliance through the Older Persons Councils.
 
Dublin City Age Friendly Strategy 2014 – 2019  sets out specific actions to be taken under nine Strategic Goals that target areas designed to improve the quality of life of older people in Dublin city.  This strategy is a direct response to the views gathered from 1500 older people over the age of 55 years in Dublin city.  The model has been adopted from the World Health Organisation’s model of Age Friendly Cities and Communities Programme. This is part of the national roll out of Age Friendly Cities and Communities by Age Friendly Ireland.
 
The Dublin City Age Friendly Strategy 2014 – 2019 will be available from Wednesday 10th September 2014 on http://www.dublincity.ie/agefriendlycity
 
 
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For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, 
Hugh Fahey, Dublin Age Friendly City Co-coordinator, Community and Social Development, Dublin City Council, T 353 1 222 3139  
 
Notes to the editor 
The Dublin City Age Friendly Strategy 2014 – 2019 outlines the vision, mission, values and strategic goals of the Dublin Age Friendly City Initiative together with the actions which will be undertaken to achieve each goal. It will drive the implementation of the initiative over the next five years and sets out the key actions to be taken in nine areas:
Outdoor space and buildings 
Transport 
Home and community 
Information 
Safety 
Learning, development and work 
Social, economic and political life 
Health and active living 
Value and respect 
The Dublin City Age Friendly Strategy 2014 – 2019 will be available from Wednesday 10th September 2014 on http://www.dublincity.ie/agefriendlycity
 
 
 
Dublin City Age Friendly Alliance
 
The Dublin City Alliance is the collaboration of a number of organisations who will work together over the next five years with a focus on improving the quality of lives of older people in Dublin city. Older People themselves are central to this process through membership of Older Person’s Councils and Age Friendly Alliances. 
For more information on Dublin Age Friendly City Alliance members click here
 
 
What is the Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme?
 
The Irish Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme is based on the World Health Organisation model which encourages communities to support and enable people to age actively by developing policies, services and structures which recognise that older people have a wide range of capabilities and resources. The programme defines an age-friendly city as one which anticipates and responds to the needs and preferences of older people, respects their decision, protects the most vulnerable and promotes inclusion.
The programme commenced in Ireland in 2007 with Louth becoming the country’s first age-friendly county. To date, 26 local authorities have signed up to the initiative and it is hoped that by mid-2015 all 31 local authorities will have launched or committed to launch an age friendly strategy.
 
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