Press Release

National Positive Ageing Strategy: Minister Áine Brady TD invites older people to have their say

 

The Minister for Older People and Health Promotion, Áine Brady TD today(Friday 12th February, 2010) said that she is beginning a series of meetings around the country to hear at first hand the views of older people on issues that affect them. The meetings are a further part of the Minister’s work to develop a new Positive Ageing Strategy. The Minister said that the new Strategy will set the direction for future policies, programmes and services for older people in Ireland.

“The Government wants to make sure that the position of older people in Irish society is recognised and appreciated,” the Minister said. The Minister noted that she was particularly keen to hear the views of older people themselves about the barriers they experience in their day to day lives and how these affect them as well as their ability to participate in their communities. Some of this, she suggested, arose from ageist attitudes and practices and quite often people were not even conscious of these.

The Minister added that her call for submissions to the National Positive Ageing Strategy had been very successful. 186 submissions had been received from a broad range of agencies and organisations as well as individual older people from all over Ireland. She now wants to follow that up with face to face meetings around the country. She is planning to have eight meetings in all over the coming months.

The first meeting will take place in Cork on 4th March next and is being organised in cooperation with the Cork City Partnership, where the theme is Challenging Ageism to Create an Age Friendly Society. The venue is Middle Parish Community Centre, Grattan St., Cork – 2.00 to 4.15 p.m. (Registration/refreshments from 1.00 p.m.).

The Minister issued a warm invitation to individual older people, to their representative organisations and to service providers in the statutory, voluntary and community sectors to come along and have their say.

Minister Brady plans to attend the meetings on the new Strategy around the country during the months of March and April. The first of these, in the Southern Region, will be held in Cork City on March 4th. [Contact Linda McKernan, Cork City Partnership at (021) 430 2310)]; in the North-West in Sligo on March 11th. [Contact Camilla Smyth, Sligo Leader Partnership at (071) 914 1138]. These will be followed by subsequent meetings in Galway, Limerick, Wexford, Kildare, Louth and Dublin. Details to be announced nearer the dates.

Members of the public who require further information can contact the Strategy Development Unit, Office for Older People, Department of Health and Children – Tel: (01) 635 3057 or e-mail Positiveageing@health.gov.ie.

All media queries can be directed to the Press and Communications Office of the Department of Health and Children, (00 353) 1 635 3042/3036/4159/4160/4161 or e-mail press_office@health.gov.ie