Louth continues to lead the way as an age friendly county with two great initiatives launched in recent weeks.
Recently, a new venue for people with memory loss and their families opened in Dundalk.
The Netwell Memory Cafe, which opened its doors last Thursday week, is based at Ruby’s Vintage-Style Tearooms in Williamson’s Mall. The Cafe is based on the concept of the Alzheimer’s Cafes, which generally open for about two hours per month, but is aimed at all people with memory loss.
Also this month, the redeveloped agefriendly.ie website was launched which offers a one-stop shop on the information that is most sought after by older people.
The site was developed by Louth Age Friendly Alliance in partnership with Age Friendly Ireland and will be adopted by up to 34 local authorities in Ireland.
“Louth was Ireland’s first age friendly county, and, as such, we have a very developed knowledge base which has been informed by the older people themselves,” said Mary Deery, Louth Age Friendly County Coordinator.
“On entering the site, the user will select their own county and will then have access to a range of information directly relevant to them, under a section marked ‘How Do I?’
“This covers such headings as diverse as staying connected, getting my voice heard, remaining active and healthy, finding info on health matters and staying safe and secure.”
Mary was speaking at the launch of the Third Louth Age Friendly Business Fair which will take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, on Sunday October 5 from 12-5.