Press Release

Minister Brady launches Pilot Project on Elder Mediation

Áine Brady, T.D., Minister for Older People, today (9th June, 2009) officially launched the Pilot Project on Elder Mediation as part of the Elder Mediation World Summit and Symposium.

The Pilot Project is a joint collaboration initiative between Mediation Northside and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. The aim of the project is provide an elder mediation service for older people in Dublin, including those with a cognitive impairment.

Speaking at the launch the Minister said “Older people and particularly those with a cognitive impairment, may often feel excluded from the decision making process, believing that decisions are made for them, rather than with them. Participation is a central component of positive ageing, and it is absolutely right that older people should contribute and influence decision-making in the areas that concern them. The pilot project will facilitate this and aims to empower all participants, improve communication and reduce stress associated with family conflict”.