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Ireland's Age Friendly Counties programme

Ireland /2009-

Ireland / Baile Átha Cliath(Ireland)

Ireland& #39;s Age Friendly Counties programme

The Age Friendly Counties programme aims to improve the health and well-being of older people in Ireland and increase their participation and influence in the social, economic and cultural life of the communities. It fosters better long-term integrated services and land-use planning through imaginative and cost-effective partnerships of local authorities, health service providers and other key public, private and voluntary organisations.

Each Age Friendly County (AFC) initiative establishes a local Older People’s Forum, a series of public consultations with older people at town and village level.The findings from these consultations inform the priorities of the strategy to be adopted.

The initiative started in Louth County in 2009. As of April 2012 there are 11  Age-friendly Counties: Carlow, Clare, Cavan, Galway, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Fingal, Kildare, Kilkenny and South Dublin.

The goal is that every Local Authority area in Ireland will have its own Age-Friendly County Programme, involving an alliance of senior decision makers and influencers across key public, private and voluntary agencies and the leaders of an Older People’s Forum open to all elders to join.

The programme is based on the World Health Organisation’s "Age-friendly Cities Framework and Guidelines", which were developed by 33 cities from across the world and involved a major consultation with older people in each of those places.

Vastuuorganisaatio: Ageing Well Network

The Ageing Well Network (AWN) is an independent network of leaders and heads of organizations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the field of ageing who share a vision of Ireland as the best country in the world in which to grow old, and are committed to achieving it.

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