Consultation on the National Positive Ageing Strategy

The Minister for Older People and Health Promotion, Áine Brady TD, is developing a National Positive Ageing Strategy which will set the strategic framework for future policies, programmes and services for older people in Ireland.

The preparation of the National Positive Ageing Strategy takes forward the commitment in the Programme for Government 2007-2012 to better recognise the position of older people in Irish society. The intention behind the Strategy is to put in place arrangements that would ensure that issues affecting older people are mainstreamed in policy-making at all levels and across all sectors. Another objective is to ensure coherence and integration in planning and implementing programmes for older people.

Minister Brady wishes to have as many views as possible to inform the new Strategy. She would welcome the views and comments of individuals (of any age), institutions, agencies, organisations and groups on any issue they consider of importance or relevant to older people. She particularly wishes to hear views on the way services are organised and how they are used by older people.

The Minister emphasises that the Strategy must be developed within the constraints posed by the present fiscal situation. It is not the intention that the Strategy will propose new service developments; rather it will set strategic direction for future policies, programmes and services for older people

If you would like to have your voice heard, the Minister would be delighted to have your views. You can make a submission to the Strategy on any issue (or issues) that you consider of relevance to older people.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is Thursday, 24 September 2009.