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European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012 leaves lasting legacy as Ireland enters EU Presidency

Joanne Clarke (Office for Older People in the Department of Health), Brigid Butler (Age Friendly County Programme), and Peter Kavanagh (Active Retirement Ireland)

On 13 December, the closing ceremony for the European Year 2012 in Ireland provided a forum for identifying how to keep active ageing and solidarity between generations on the national agenda, while encouraging dialogue on related issues of policy and research.

As part of proceedings, Virpi Timonen and Rose Anne Kenny, of TILDA, the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, revealed important information on caring, intergenerational solidarity and healthy ageing. Robert Anderson, of Eurofound, discussed the "Quality of life and employment of older people: Ireland in the EU", and Maureen Gaffney presented "A new paradigm on ageing".

Finally, Kathleen Lynch, Minister of State for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People, highlighted what has been achieved during the Year and the way forward, saying that "This European Year has consolidated a fresh perspective on ageing, which sees the later years as a time of new beginnings and of new possibilities, as a time for active citizenship, for participation, for learning new skills, developing new hobbies and interests and even finding hidden talents".

A review of some of the activities and achievements from the Year, which provided new ways of thinking about how to promote active ageing and intergenerational solidarity, concluded the ceremony held in Dublin. It is hoped that these will ensure that the ripple effects of the European Year will endure well into the future and that its legacy will move Ireland closer to being a good country in which to grow older in the years ahead.


Picture gallery of the event.

Click here to browse through a selection of EY2012-related initiatives in Ireland.

For more information about the European Year 2012 in Ireland you may visit this website.