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Cork County  Age Friendly County 

 

The Cork Age Friendly County Programme was officially launched in November 2014 and the Dublin Declaration on Age Friendly Cities and Communities was signed by the then Mayor Councillor Alan Coleman, on behalf of County Cork and its citizens.

An Age Friendly county has been described by Age Friendly Ireland as a county that recognises the great diversity among older people and promotes their inclusion in all areas of community life. It is a county that respects their decisions and lifestyle choices and anticipates and responds flexibly to ageing related needs and preferences.

 

Being an Age Friendly County means that County Cork will:

  • Become one of the greatest places to grow old in.
  • Have easily accessible public buildings, shops and services;
  • Incorporate older people’s views into significant decisions being made about the county;
  • Promote a positive attitude to ageing and address stereotypes about older people;
  • Create opportunities for older people to be engaged with their county socially, as employees and as volunteers.

 

The first step on the road to becoming an age friendly county involved the setting up of an Age Friendly County Alliance which was formally established in early 2012. It is made up of senior personnel in public sector agencies, older people’s representatives and other organisations that promote a positive approach to ageing.  Members are:

Mr James Fogarty – Alliance Chair/Divisional Manager Cork County Council

Ms Aileen Hurley- Age Friendly Co-ordinatior/Executive Planner

Ms Liz Maddox- Chair of the Older Peoples Council Executive

Ms Liz Downes – Vice Chair of the Older Peoples Council Executive

Mr. Christy Roche- Public Relations Officer of The Older Peoples Council

Ms. Rita Kearney – Secretary of The Older Peoples Council

Ms. Frances McCarthy- Bus Eireann

Ms Michelle O’Sullivan – Cork Chamber

Mr. Micheal Lynch- Senior Planner Cork County Council

Mr. David O’ Brien- Local Link

Ms Eileen O’ Brien- County Library

Cllr Kay Dawson- Mitchelstown Age Friendly Town

Ms. Stepahnie Cadogan- Cobh Age Friendly Town

Ms. Sharon Griffin- Cobh After Friendly Town

Ms. Eileen O’Leary- HSE manager for non residential services for  older people

Dr. Kieran O’Connor- Mercy  Hospital

Cllr John Paul O’Shea- Cork County Council

Sergeant Stewart Philpott- An Garda Siochana

Mr. Micheal Delaney- Former President of CIT

Ms Orla O’Flynn- CIT

Dr. Suzanne Timmons- UCC

 

The process of developing County Cork as an Age Friendly County commenced with the carrying out of county-wide consultation and following the collation of the in-depth feedback; the Cork Age Friendly County Strategy was published in April 2016. This is a five year plan to help improve the quality of life of older people in County Cork in the coming years. Actions will include the creation of Age Friendly Parking Spaces, Expansion of the Age Friendly Towns Programme, Reviewing Age Friendly Design in Housing and The Public Realm and Other Actions committed to within the strategy. :

Please follow this link for The Cork Age Friendly Strategy 2016-2021: http://agefriendlyireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/CORK-COCO-Strategy.pdf

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