ARDEE is poised to become Louth’s first Age-Friendly town and one of the first town’s of its kind in the country.
County Louth’s successes and future plans for its Age Friendly Strategy were outlined at a special conference held in Dundalk recently and one of the main speakers was Mary Dunne of Ardee Active Retirement Group.
Mary told the conference of the various projects being carried out to establish Ardee as Louth’s first age friendly town.
Other speakers included media personality Gavin Duffy and Fergus O’Dowd Minister of State with responsibility for the NewEra Project.
Louth’s pioneering Age Friendly Strategy has led to the county being named in the World Health Organisation’s list of nine age friendly locations and now Ardee could be the showpiece in this strategy.
The strategy sets out to put people with life experience at the centre of their communities instead of on the perifery.
The knowledge and skills of older people are blended with those of the younger generations making for a more inclusive and developed town and county.
Louth’s example has been copied by Kilkenny and Kildare. Meath, Monaghan and Fingal are set to do the same in September. The recent conference also featured the first bi-annual general meeting of the Louth Older People’s Forum. The Older People’s Forum represents the voice of the older people on Louth’s Age Friendly Alliance grouping, and has taken on numerous projects including the innovative Louth AgeFriendly County Website, and most recently produced a DVD, ‘Generations’, in a joint collaboration with Louth’s Junior Council, Comhairle na nÓg. The Louth Age Friendly website is at www.louthagefriendlycounty.ie.