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Kildare Age Friendly County Strategy 2019-2021

Kildare Age Friendly County Alliance were delighted to launch the "Kildare Age Friendly County Strategy 2019-2021" on Wednesday 10th April 2019.  The Kildare County programme is one of 31 programmes which is facilitated by each of the County & City Councils across the country.  The programmes are supported by Age Friendly Ireland and hosted as a shared service by Meath County Council.  The strategy was developed in consultation with the older people of Kildare and over 800 older people were consulted over a period of 2 years.  Kildare Older Persons Council also played a pivotal role in helping to identify the needs of the ageing population which fed into the development of the strategy.

 The strategy has over 54 objectives and will be implemented by key stakeholder such as Kildare County Council, The Health Service Executive and an Garda Síochana.  The thematic areas were chosen based on the World Health Organisation Age Friendly Cities and Counties model which underpins the National Programme and the 31 strategies being rolled out by the Alliances at national level.  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 senior decision makers in each organisation and members of Kildare Older Persons Council.  The Alliance is chaired by independent chairperson John Malone. Kildare County Council hosts and facilitates the programme through their Community Department.  The strategy was launched by the Mayor of Kildare Councillor Sean Power.

 Mayor Power spoke 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.  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 welcomed the opportunity to represent the Voice of older people and encouraged others to get involved as well.  She also looks forward to continuing to stay involved in the new council.  The occasion was rounded off by some musical entertainment provided by some members of Naas Community Men's Shed.

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Ends                                                                                                  10 April 2019



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