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Age Friendly Business

It’s easy to make your business age friendly. Most age friendly practices are low or zero cost and can mean a big difference in your bottom line. Simple changes such as making your business easier to find, enter, move around and make purchases in are good for your customers and better for your business.

By advertising yourself as an age friendly business, you are letting older people know that you value their custom and you are committed to serving them. Join the Age Friendly Business community today and learn how to attract and retain this powerful customer base.
What is involved?
In four simple steps, you will be an Age Friendly Business.

  1. Identify a member of staff to act as a champion for age-friendliness
  2. Attend the information seminar in your area
  3. Consult with your older customers
  4. Create a Commitment to Age Friendliness with your first three actions.

Nationally, Age Friendly Business Recognition is a growing brand, supported by Chambers Ireland, the Age Friendly Counties Programme, Age and Opportunity and the Netwell Centre. This recognition allows customers to identify you as an age friendly business and publicises your business to older consumers.

You will get decal window sticker and be included in the directory of Age Friendly Businesses. We can also connect you to others in the age-friendly business network and provide a tool kit and support on how to give better service to older adults and in turn, increase your business.


Click to download the Age-friendly business flyer
For more information on Age Friendly business, please visit


50 new jobs will be created in Drogheda

50 new jobs will be created in Drogheda with the expansion of Moorehall Lodge Nursing Home.

The positions will be in the nursing, caring and other staff areas at the facility on the Dublin Road.

Moorehall Lodge Drogheda opened two years ago and currently caters for 60 people in four households, with 46 new rooms set to come on stream in October.

“The expansion of our services in Drogheda is a mark of our commitment to the area and the success of the nursing home in its first two years,” said Moorehall Living Chairman/Founder Michael McCoy.

“This is down to our staff, who are a great team, working in a supportive environment.

“We are looking to hear from qualified nurses and carers with FETAC Level 5 qualifications, as well as housekeeping staff, to join our team, and details can be found on our website.

Click here for more information.


Life Sciences International Summit 15th October 2014, Gibson Hotel, Dublin

Join Business & Finance, Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland at the third annual Life Sciences International Summit, as they explore how the convergence of technology, medicine and regulation will impact Ireland’s fastest-growing sector. The 2014 Summit will offer expert insight and analysis on the key topic of Smart Ageing.  Click here for more information.


Louth Business Awards 2014

Dundalk Chamber of Commerce has launched the Louth Business Awards for 2014. The aim of these awards is to recognize the achievements of companies and individuals in promoting excellent services and products in a top class manner. Given the challenging times we are in they are encouraging companies to rally and recognize the organizations that are performing well. If you would like to nominate a business for the 2014 awards please click here and for more information on the categories and to visit the website click here.


AFE-INNOVNET Webinar: The Crisis- an opportunity to become Age-Friendly 25th JUNE 2014 – 11:00 (CET)

From the onset of the financial and economic crisis, national governments across Europe have adopted measures to curb its effects. Reduced budgetary income in contrast with higher and more diverse demands on specific public services, have led to significant constraints in local and regional finances. Local and regional authorities therefore only had a limited number of possible responses to make savings without reducing services.

The second AFE-INNOVNET webinar will be dedicated to local and regional authorities that have seen the current situation as an opportunity to implement age-friendly initiatives in order to address some shortfalls and to turn challenges into new opportunities to become more age-friendly and sustainable. This webinar will be an opportunity for local and regional authorities to present and exchange practices and be inspired by their counterparts across Europe.

We invite you to join the event on Wednesday 25 June 2014 at 11:00 (CET). To register, click here.

AFE-INNOVNET will welcome various speakers during the webinar, namely:

  • Irene Monsonis Payá – Project Manager at Polibienestar, Spain –  “Alzheimer: intergenerational springboard of social and professional inclusion”
  • Helle Juhl – Project manager at Health and Care Department in the municipality of Fredericia, Denmark  – “Life Long Living”;
  • Stefania Pascut – Healthy Cities Udine, Italy;
  • Dimitar Pehlivanov – International cooperation expert at National association of municipalisties in Republic of Bulgaria (NAMRB) (tbc)

Time will be dedicated to Q&A and further information will be uploaded in due time on the website on how to join the webinar click here.


Second Louth Age Friendly Trade Fair: Sunday 6th October 2013: Darver Castle

Age-friendly business fair draws huge crowd: Press Release

Second annual event proves a huge success

Once again, the Age-Friendly Business Consumer Fair at Darver Castle, attracted large crowds who gathered to take part in talks, view the numerous trade stands and enjoy the entertainment last Sunday.

The event was sponsored by and supported by the Business Support Unit of Louth County Council, Louth Age-Friendly County Initiative, Age Friendly Business Forum, Older Peoples Forum, Dundalk & Drogheda Chambers of Commerce and Ardee Traders Association.

Among those who gathered for the official opening of the Trade Fair were Louth County Council Cathaoirleach Declan Breathnach; Minister on State with responsibility for the new Era Project, Fergus O’Dowd; Dragon’s Den panellist and chair of the Louth Age Friendly Business Forum, Gavin Duffy; and Dundalk Chamber of Commerce President, Paddy Matthews.

The Age Friendly Business Consumer Fair featured 50 business exhibitors which included a host of businesses and services for older people.  Leaders in caring and support services, technology, finance, fashion, and law were available to advise and provide valuable information on products and services available for older people.  Free healthcare tests were provided on the day, courtesy of

Cllr Declan Breathnach, said: ‘We are all proud of Louth and its position as not only a national leader, but an international leader in age friendly initiatives.  This is only the second year of our Business Consumer Fair but it has already become a success as the country’s only event of its kind.’

Chamber President Paddy Matthews, also praised the event.  ‘Emphasising Louth’s pioneering age-friendly industries and services are beneficial to both the businesses and consumers.  It is hard to believe just how much there is on our doorstep until you come to an event like this and see it for yourself.’

The organisers of the event, the Business Support Unit of Louth Local Authorities, would like to thank all those who took park in or attended the Age Friendly Business Consumer Fair and contributed to making the day such a tremendous success.  Music for the afternoon was provided by traditional band, Glaisin.

Louth Business Awards

The aim of the Awards Scheme is to recognise the achievements of companies and individuals in promoting excellent services and products in a top class manner. They also encourage companies large and small to continually improve their business. Even in these tough times many businesses are beating the trend and deserve to be recognized. Drogheda Chamber of Commerce and Dundalk Chamber of Commerce present local companies with Age Friendly Awards.

Companies can nominate themselves or another company in 14 categories.  Please click on

Louth Access Awards 2013

The Social Inclusion Unit of Louth County Council, in conjunction with the Disability Forum of the County Louth Community & Voluntary Forum, held its Awards presentation Ceremony on Monday 2nd December 2013, in the Barbican Centre, in Drogheda, this is the Fourth annual Access Louth accessibility competition.  Please see below a selection of photographs.

Adding Value to Customer Service in Hacksballscross

What is the essence of the rural bar and restaurant? Mulling over a cuppa as you stare into a crackling fire Gareth Callan, Proprietor of Callan’s Bar and Restaurant has the answer.

This case study report investigates the rural transport provided by Callan’s Bar and Restaurant, Phillipstown, Hackballscross. This report outlines the importance that Community Transport has in providing essential transport services in an extreme remote area where customers can avail of a service where public transport is not viable. The report also highlights the range of benefits that the scheme brings to the community it serves.

CareDirect 24/7

Care Direct 24/7 is a company delivering Assistive Technology services such as TeleCare, TeleHealth and Well-Being calls directly to the homes of individuals, older persons and the vulnerable throughout the Island of Ireland.

Smartlights – Safety Night Light

The Smartlights multifunction night light features a portable induction-charged LED torch that automatically lights up upon power failure

Louth Age Friendly Business Consumer Fair – 5th October, 2014  (For more infomation see link below)

Age Friendly Expo press release July


Press  release  – Louth Age Friendly Business Consumer Fair – 06/10/14

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Week four release


September Ageing Matters 

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September Ageing Matters