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Press Release- Kildare Age Friendly County Strategy 2016-2018 Launch

Kildare Age Friendly County Strategy 2016-2018

Ageing is changing. The over 65 population in Ireland will be on the threshold of one million people by 2031. Healthcare and lifestyle improvements mean that we are living longer and healthier lives. Kildare is no different, with the older population set to more than double in this time. The Kildare Age Friendly County Alliance is planning for the future, today launching their 2016-2018 strategy. The strategy was launched by Mayor of Kildare, Councillor Brendan Weld, who was assisted by centenarian, Mr. Bernard Campbell, Rathcoffey, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

The Kildare Age Friendly County Alliance is a multi-agency group of senior decision makers from key public, private and not for profit agencies. This group works within existing community structures, networks and service providers with the aim of making Kildare a great county in which to grow old. Partners in the Alliance include An Garda Síochána, HSE and Kildare County Council representatives among many others and the group is led by an independent chairperson, Mr. Tommy Murray. The older people of Kildare are represented on this group by the Kildare Older Persons Council, who communicate needs and views from across the county. 

After a thorough consultation process, the County Alliance has developed the Kildare Age Friendly County Strategy 2016 - 2018. Aims and objectives have been contributed by key service providers, following indicators from the World Health Organisation, with the overall aim of making Kildare a great place to grow old. This will be achieved by maximising collaboration, cohesion and cooperation within the county and beyond. 

A Service Providers Forum will be established in each of the five municipal districts in Kildare in order to rollout the Strategy. Alliance members will nominate local representatives, who are active in the relevant municipal district to these forums to ensure that the strategy is implemented in each locality.

Also launched today was a Communication and Information Plan, a key enabler of the overall strategy. Poor communication and information infrastructure has been highlighted as a major barrier by the older people of Kildare. This plan aims to improve this infrastructure, while also ensuring that strategy objectives are achieved. Two of the early initiatives from this plan are a pocket information booklet and a brand new website www.kildareagefriendly.ie. Further information on the Kildare Age Friendly County Programme as well as full copies of the strategy, are available on this website.   

 

For further information, please contact:

Alice Corbett- acorbett@kildarecoco.ie/ 045 980692

Pauric Buggy- pbuggy@kildarecoco.ie/ 045 980584

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