Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
Age Friendly Ireland Ireland
Age Friendly Ireland is in pursuit of a vision that ‘’every county in Ireland will be a great place in which to grow old.’’ Under the leadership of the Local Authorities, and owing much to the vision of front-runner locations, this initiative to date is recognized as being operational in 20 of the 33 Local Authority areas.
Established since January 1, 2014, the key purpose of Age Friendly Ireland is to manage the now five year old national Age Friendly Cities & Counties Programme. This national programme was previously hosted by the independent organisation the Ageing Well Network. Following discussions with key representatives of the County and City Managers Association (CCMA), the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and Dublin City Council (DCC), DCC has agreed, on behalf of the Local Government Sector, to host this national programme.
The Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme is part of a worldwide, World Health Organisation (WHO) inspired movement which embraces the challenges and opportunities that our ageing population presents by by facilitating local authorities to take the lead on changing thinking about ageing, and how services are planned and delivered. Each City and County adopting the AFCC Programme will develop its own blueprint for becoming age friendly, responding directly to the particular issues that most affect older people living in that place and in turn making it a better place to live for all. Very often relatively small changes can improve everyone’s quality of life.
The Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme evolves and adapts in different and distinctive ways in individual cities and counties. The particular social, economic and environmental conditions of a city or county will determine much.
We have learned along the way that no two counties or cities in Ireland are exactly the same. This is what makes the AFCC Programme such a rich and vibrant initiative.