Minister Brady launches major report on consultations with older people
Áine Brady TD, Minister for Older People and Health Promotion today launched ‘In Our Own Words’, a report of a broad-ranging consultation with older people carried out over a twelve-month period in preparation for the National Positive Ageing Strategy. The Positive Ageing Strategy will establish a strategic framework for all future policies, programmes and services older people in Ireland in the years ahead.
The report contains the views of individual older people, their representative bodies, statutory and non-governmental organisations, service providers and other interested parties contained in over 190 written submissions to the Minister in addition to views expressed in the course of nine regional consultation meetings held earlier this year and which involved over 1200 older people and service providers in the statutory and voluntary sectors.
“The new Strategy will focus on every sector relevant to older people and will reflect what people think about services of all kinds,” the Minister noted. “This has been the most extensive consultation ever carried out in Ireland with individual older people and with a broad range of agencies, organisations and groups concerned with their well-being. The strategy is being developed within the constraints posed by the present fiscal situation, which means that it must focus on reconfiguration of existing services, rather than the provision of new services. However the work of developing the Strategy will be informed by everything that we have learned in the course of my face-to-face meetings and from the written contributions received in response to my call for submissions to the Strategy” Minister Brady said.
The Minister thanked all who had participated in the consultation exercise for the National Positive Ageing Strategy, noting that particular attention would be paid to issues that had been frequently emphasised in the course of the consultations.
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