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Michael Harding and Charlie McGettigan launch
Leitrim Age Friendly Strategy 2017 - 2020
The strategy was launched by novelist Michael Harding during Positive Aging Week on 27th September 2017, in Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo. The event, organised by The Leitrim Age Friendly Alliance, was a celebration of older people. Both Michael Harding and Charlie McGettigan regaled the audience with some wonderful stories and music. Michael spoke eloquently on the issue of social isolation and loneliness and urged people to avail of the many services provided.
Chairperson of the Alliance, Joseph Gillhooly, detailed the consultation process that took place with older people and all key services to identify how we can make Leitrim an even better place to live as we grow older. Catherine McGuigan, National Age Friendly Programme Co-Ordinator was delighted to see the very detailed and ambitious plan under the World Health Organisations eight themes, including issues such as accessibility, rural transport, housing, social participation, respect, community support and health services and communication.
The Leitrim Age Friendly County Alliance ensures that all the relevant agencies work together to promote and maintain the best possible health and well being of older people and to make County Leitrim itself a great place to grow old in. It aims to increase the participation of older people in the social, economic and cultural life of Leitrim for everyone’s benefit, improve the health and well being of older people in the county and show how services and supports for older people can be made more responsive, caring, professional and accessible through imaginative and cost effective partnership working.
Leitrim Older Person's Council is made up of representatives from active age groups from all over the county, and it has three representatives on the Age Friendly Alliance, ensuring that the Alliance is kept up to date with older people's needs.
For further information, please contact Suzanne Duffy, Age Friendly Co-Ordinator, Leitrim County Council on 071-96 20005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Age Friendly County Initiative is based on the World Health Organisation (WHO) Age-Friendly Cities Framework and Guidelines, which were developed by 33 cities from across the world and involved a major consultation with older people. Every county authority in Ireland has now signed up to the “Dublin Declaration” making Ireland the first official Age Friendly country amongst WHO member countries. Leitrim County Council endorsed the “Dublin Declaration” WHO Age Friendly County Initiative, which formally links the Initiative to the WHO.
Strategy 2014-2016 is available here.
Mohill Age Friendly Town plan here.