Housing Summit explores options for older person’s housing

Dublin City Council hosts a Housing Summit on Wednesday 7th October, 2015 beginning at 9.30 a.m. in the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin 8. This meeting of senior decision makers from the Departments of Environment, Health and Local Government, the Health Service Executive and the voluntary sector will examine options for the development of a revolutionary new model for older persons housing in Dublin.

An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh opening the housing summit said “I am delighted to be involved in the opening of the housing summit which gathers together the main sectors with responsibility for the provision of housing in the State. This is a great example of inter-agency cooperation in planning for Ireland’s future population aging.

Is cóir go bhfuilimid ag obair le chéile chun ár ndícheall a dhéanamh ar son na sean daoine, i láthair na huaire agus san am atá le teacht; tá tithíocht ceart tuillte go maith acu. While advances in medicine mean that people are living longer our housing system is not necessarily meeting the needs of older people. The current housing model needs to be updated to meet growing pressures associated with population aging. I look forward to hearing the options and solutions that this meeting will progress.”

It is very evident that people are living longer and that Ireland’s older population is growing. The Central Statistics Office predicts that, over the next 30 years, the number of people in Ireland over the age of 65 will double and the number over 80 will quadruple. This changing demographic has major implications for public policy, service provision, long-term planning, and society as a whole and in particular housing.

Hugh O’Connor, CEO of Age Friendly Ireland said:” It is a fact that as people age they spend more time in their own homes. This means that older people’s quality of life, and thus their health, can depend on the appropriateness of their home environment and the conditions in which they live. Older people need more options in housing provision, in particular a place where they can ‘age in place.’ For many, living in adapted or specialist housing reduces reliance on health and social care services and can contribute to a greater sense of wellbeing.

Age Friendly Ireland is very pleased to be participating in this mornings’ convening of senior representatives from key agencies from across the City – the purpose of which is to further the development of a prototype housing scheme; housing with care, which will be attuned to the needs of our ageing population. Age Friendly Cities and Counties create the opportunities to establish a broad range of housing options which suit all needs and enable older people to stay independent for as long as possible. Today’s meeting recognises the critical role for a multi-agency response in supporting older people to age comfortably in the community they belong to.”

The housing summit is part of an extensive city-wide age friendly partnership initiative being led by Dublin City Council and Age Friendly Ireland which aims to expand the policy debate beyond health care and pension costs and to make Ireland a better place in which to grow old. Earlier this year, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Dublin among the top 20 most liveable cities in Europe, coming in ahead of other capitals like Rome and London.

The Dublin City Age Friendly initiative forms part of a nationwide Age Friendly Cities and Counties programme which has been adapted from the World Health Organisation model and is being rolled out throughout the country by Age Friendly Ireland and 31 local authorities making Ireland the first age friendly country in the world.

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Notes to the Editor

 

What is the Dublin City Age Friendly Initiative?

 

The Dublin City Age Friendly Initiative is a multi-agency partnership project being spearheaded by Dublin City Council and Age Friendly Ireland. It aims to make Dublin a great place to grow old and a city where everyone is valued and respected, regardless of age. The initiative commenced in 2013 with the signing of the Dublin Declaration on Age Friendly Cities and Communities in Europe. Since then an Age Friendly City Alliance has been established. This high-level cross-agency strategic partnership will oversee the implementation of the Dublin City Age Friendly Strategy. Five local area alliances have also been established in Dublin City Council’s five administrative areas. Each area alliance will be supported by an older person’s council, a service provider’s forum and an age-friendly business forum.

 

The Dublin City Age Friendly Strategy is the framework which will underpin the implementation of the initiative over the next five years and sets out the key actions to be taken in nine domains:

  • 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

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. All 31 local authorities have signed the Dublin Declaration committing to launch an age friendly strategy, making Ireland the first age friendly country in the world.
 

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