Press Release

Máire Hoctor T.D., Minister for Older People on the opening of “Showcasing Ageing and Disability Research – Lessons for Policy and Practice Seminar”

Máire Hoctor T.D. Minister for Older People, this morning opened a ‘Showcase of Ageing and Disability Research’ taking place in Croke Park, Dublin.

The event highlights the latest research findings on ageing and disability issues that will have a major impact on the future of Ireland and its ageing population.

The Minister introduced a day of presentations from 10.00am – 4.00pm in the Ash Suite at Croke Park in Dublin. The research being highlighted examines social inclusion, healthy long-term living and technology and design to support older people with a disability.

The event has been jointly organised by CARDI (The Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland) and SPARC (Strategic Promotion of Ageing Research Capacity) with the support of the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design of the National Disability Authority in Ireland.

Addressing the conference, Minister Hoctor stated, “Research can help inform us of new and improved ways of doing things, thereby challenging traditional approaches.

The Minister continued, “Today’s programme encompasses social inclusion, health, housing and transport and there is a particular emphasis on technology. For myself, events such as this, help rebalance the tendency to think about older people only in terms of health and to emphasise that older people’s issues cut across every policy and service area in government and society.”

The Minister concluded by congratulating the organisers and encouraged them to embrace the opportunities provided by research to make Ireland a great place to grow older.