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Consultation on the National Positive Ageing Strategy
The Minister for Older People and Health Promotion, Áine Brady TD, launched the consultation phase of the National Positive Ageing Strategy on 18th June 2009. The Minister said that the new Strategy will set the strategic direction for all future policies, programmes and services for older people in Ireland. She is seeking written submissions from individuals (of any age), institutions, agencies, organisations and groups by 24th September 2009.
The preparation of the Strategy takes forward the commitment in the Programme for Government 2007–2012 to better recognise the position of older people in Irish society, and the Minister said that it will be informed by the UN Principles for Older Persons: Independence, Dignity, Self-Fulfillment, Participation and Care.
She indicated that issues relevant to the development of the Strategy include those relating to older people’s participation in society, the way services are organised and are used by older people; income, health and social care, housing, transport, education and employment.
The Minister emphasised that the Strategy must be developed within the constraints posed by the present fiscal situation. “It is not the intention that the Strategy will propose new service developments; rather it will set the strategic direction for future policies, programmes and services for older people,” she stressed.
Minister Brady said that she looked forward to having as many views as possible to inform the development of the new Strategy. She said that she particularly wanted to hear from older people on how they use services and how those services are organised.
Submissions should be sent (by post or e-mail) to:
National Positive Ageing Strategy.
Closing date for receipt of submissions: Thursday, 24th September 2009.
For further information regarding the consultation on the National Positive Ageing Strategy, please see http://www.dohc.ie/consultations/open/positive_ageing/.