The Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (dlr) Age-Friendly Strategy, 2022-2026 was launched by Mary Butler TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People in County Hall, Dún Laoghaire on the 22nd March 2023.
The 5-year strategy agreed by the dlr Age-Friendly Alliance sets out the vision, objectives and actions to promote Age-Friendly supports and activities over the coming years so that older people can engage positively within their communities for as long as possible. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown has a higher-than-average number of people aged over 65 and this is expected to double in the next 25 years.
The dlr Age-Friendly Alliance have agreed over 60 actions in the Strategy, which are based on widespread consultation with the public, with the members of the Alliance and other groups and individuals supporting older people in dlr.
Speaking at the launch, Councillor Mary Hanafin, An Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said
“I am confident that the dlr Age-Friendly Strategy 2022-2026 will without doubt improve the experiences of the increasing number of older people living in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. The Strategy, designed to meet the needs of all and to meet the demands of a digital age has, at its heart, the underpinning vision, mission, values and strategic priorities to frame a flexible, inclusive and inter-generational action agenda to enhance dlr’s ‘age friendliness for all’ over the coming years.
I congratulate all the member organisations and groups of the dlr Age-Friendly Alliance, the members of the dlr Older People’s Council and the Community Section of dlr County Council who have drawn together this strategy. I wish the dlr Age-Friendly Alliance well in implementing the Strategy so that we can best support, plan and respond to the needs of our older citizens in dlr over the coming years.”
The dlr Age-Friendly Strategy 2022-2026 is available to view below:
Hard copies are also available in the 8 Libraries across the county and with the member organisations of the dlr Age-Friendly Alliance.
The dlr Age-Friendly Alliance is made up of 20 member groups from Age-Friendly Ireland, ALONE, An Garda Síochána, dlr County Council departments, dlr Older People’s Council, dlr Public Participation Network (PPN), DLR Sports Partnership, dlr Volunteer Centre, Dublin Bus, Dublin & Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB), Dún Laoghaire Chamber of Commerce, Health Services Executive (HSE), Institute of Art, Design + Technology, Dún Laoghaire (IADT), Go-Ahead Ireland, Irish Senior Citizen’s Parliament, Living Well with Dementia, Making Connections, Southside Partnership DLR, Southside Travellers Action Group and UCD.