Minister Daly launches Carlow Age Friendly Strategy 2017 – 2022
Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly TD today spoke at the launch of the Carlow Age Friendly Strategy 2017-2022. The second Carlow Age Friendly Strategy is being launched following the successful implementation of the first Carlow Age Friendly Strategy 2013 – 2016.
The event, which took place in An Gairdín Beo in Co Carlow, was organised by The Carlow Age Friendly Committee, a multi-agency voluntary partnership that works closely with older people in Co. Carlow to ensure that policies and plans reflect their needs.
An age friendly county is a place where more and more older people can stay living in their own homes and communities, lead healthy and active lives, get to where they want to go, when they want to go, and are valued contributors to the lives of their communities.
Speaking at the event, Minister Daly said “The Age Friendly Programme is built on the recognition of the critical role that older people can and should play in shaping their communities for the better. Our older population across Ireland, with their life-time talents, skills and experience must be enabled to play a meaningful role in shaping their own communities and leading the changes needed. Older people are clearly the best experts on the issues that affect them and their views, opinions and wishes must be central to how we approach and implement change. I am delighted to be here to launch Carlow’s second Age Friendly Strategy”.
Minister Daly thanked everyone involved in the development of the Strategy, and wished the Carlow Age Friendly Programme continued success. Minister Daly highlighted some of the many age friendly projects and initiatives taking place in Carlow, commending these initiatives, and emphasizing how these projects are contributing to making Carlow a great place in which to grow old.