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Cork Age Friendly City Strategy 2016- 2020


On Wednesday 4th May 2016 Ann Doherty, Chief Executive of Cork City Council and Chair of the Cork Age Friendly City Alliance, an interagency group comprised of senior management from the  statutory, voluntary, community and private sectors, launched the Cork Age Friendly City Strategy 2016- 2020  at an event in the Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork.

This strategy is the result of a process which began when Cork City committed itself to  Ireland’s national Age-Friendly Cities and Counties Programme.

The World Health Organisation has defined an Age Friendly City as a place where more and more older people can stay living in their own homes and communities, lead healthy and active lives, get to where they want to go, when they want to go, and are valued contributors to the lives of their communities.   ‌                 

Ann Doherty, Chair Cork Age Friendly City Alliance, pictured with centenarian Ma
Ann Doherty, Chair Cork Age Friendly City Alliance, pictured with centenarian Mary McGrath, at the launch
of the Cork Age Friendly City Strategy  2016-2020

Among  key overarching aims of the Cork Strategy are:

  • To improve access to its services for older people. To do this agencies will ensure that all staff will deal with older people in an age appropriate manner.
  • To promote and encourage the development of the Cork City Age Friendly Business Programme to promote better customer facing interactions.
  • To seek to expand and increase levels of activity including volunteerism from middle age in keeping with the aims of Healthy Ireland,  developing a flexible directory of services for older people that will provide  up to date information.
  • To look to the National Dementia Strategy (2014) to inform its policy in relation to the provision of dementia friendly services to older people with cognitive impairment.

Cork Age Friendly City Strategy 2016- 2020Pictured above:  Ann Doherty, Chair of the Cork Age Friendly City Alliance with (l-r) Finbarr Coughlan, Phil Uí Mhurchú,
Nora O Donovan and Noel Dempsey representatives of the Cork Older Persons Forum on the Cork Age Friendly City Alliance

Speaking at the launch, Ann Doherty, Chair of the Cork Age Friendly City Alliance stated: "This strategy is the culmination of a detailed consultation process that has brought together the older residents of Cork and the key service providers from the statutory, voluntary, community and private sectors to identify how we can make Cork an excellent place in which to live, work, enjoy life and grow older.  As an Alliance  we have  worked to ensure this strategy has set co-operative goals that are specific, measurable and realistic.”

To view the strategy document please click on the link below;

Age Friendly City Strategy 2016-2020

For further information contact:

Chris Dorgan

Age Friendly City Coordinator

Mob/Póca: 086-8574904

e-mail/ríomhphost: chris_dorgan@corkcity.ie

 

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