26 April 2018

Making Offaly an "Age Friendly" county

A Strategy to make Offaly a more 'age friendly' county is being developed by the Offaly Public Participation Network (PPN) and Offaly County Council.

To that end, an Offaly Age Friendly event took place with former government minister, Mary O'Rourke,  and County Council vice chair John Clendennen as keynote speakers.

Also, Catherine McGuigan, the National Age Friendly Strategy leader, drove the message home that "age is a bounty, not a burden".

Furthermore Sinead Shannon presented data from across the country from the Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative (HaPAI) Department of Health.

This gave an insight in to the national sense of how happy people are across the county in terms of supports, services and infrastructure as people grow older.

The Offaly Age Friendly Alliance involves different agencies, services and representatives from Offaly Older People's Network.

This ensures that  all actions and policy development in the county take into account everyone in the county and ensure the needs of older people are to the fore.

There will be opportunities for the public to have their say on the strategy until April 2018 through focus groups and one to one meetings.

There are plans for two further consultation events to take place in conjunction with the Older Peoples Forum.

All the data will be collated and a draft strategy will be presented to the Age Friendly  Alliance, the LCDC and then to County Council.

The launch of the Strategy is planned for Easter 2018.

 

For further information and to find out how you can contribute to the process please contact Offaly Age Friendly co-ordinator Bridie Costello Hynes - email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 057 9346800 Ext 6753.