KILDARE Co Council’s new age friendly strategy to identify and improve the quality of life for the county’s aging population was unveiled last Wednesday.
The Kildare Age Friendly County Strategy 2019-2021 was launched by Mayor of Kildare Seán Power and is the latest in 31 programmes which are facilitated by every county and city council throughout Ireland.
Over a period of two years, just over 800 older participants from Kildare were consulted and gave their input into the planned programme.
Some of these strategies include: commitment to action, future proofing infrastructure, key services, collaboration, inclusion in key decision making and innovation at local level.
According to a spokesperson on behalf of Kildare County Council, the main aim of the programme is to “continue making Kildare a great county in which to grow old”.
The strategy will be implemented and monitored by the Kildare Age Friendly Alliance, which is made up of both senior decision makers in each organisation and members of The Kildare Older Persons Council, along with the independent chairperson for the Alliance, John Malone.
Mayor Seán Power spoke highly of the success of the Age Friendly Initiative right across the country and how important it is to future proof for ageing based on the population projections for the future.
Similarly, Monica Cox, Chairperson of the Kildare Older Persons Council, spoke of the importance of listening to the Voice of Older People and how the OPC in Kildare had actively participated at county and national level on behalf of the ageing population. She also welcomed the opportunity to represent the voice of older people and encouraged others to get involved as well.
The launch concluded with musical entertainment provided by members of Naas Community Men’s Shed.
Further information can be obtained on The Kildare Age Friendly County Strategy 2019-2021 by contacting the county council at 045 980-200 or by sending them an email at [email protected]