Press Release

Minister Callely closes the 2003 Healthy Ageing Conference of the National Council for Ageing and Older People

Mr Ivor Callely T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today, (25 November 2003) closed the 2003 Healthy Ageing Conference of the National Council for Ageing and Older People at the Burlington Hotel.

Speaking at the conference, the Minister pointed out that the concept of Healthy Ageing is becoming more important to all of us as we continue to live longer and strive to enjoy that longer life. At present the over 65´s account for 11% of the population in Ireland and that figure continues to grow.

“Old age is becoming more and more a time when our ageing population have the freedom to devote time to hobbies and pastimes, to meeting new challenges, and to finding out about themselves. The majority of older people are healthy and independent enjoying the new lease of life that mature age offers them. Events like these provide a unique forum for this growing segment of the population to voice their opinions and to dispel mistaken associations between older age and dependency” stated the Minister.

The National Council on Ageing and Older People’s Conference also marked the launch of the Healthy Ageing Database. This is the first information sharing resource of its type providing a wealth of information to people interested in healthy ageing initiatives.

“This conference, and the National Council´s continuing movement towards a national Healthy Ageing Network, continues to promote collaboration between interested parties at all levels.”

The Minister closed the conference by giving his sincere and heartfelt thanks to the National Council for Ageing and Older People for their sterling work for older people everywhere and for this showcase of healthy ageing initiatives around the country.