Conference on elder care

OVER 200 delegates from all over Ireland attended a major nursing conference which was held in Dundalk in acknowledgment of Louth’s role as Ireland’s first age-friendly county.

OVER 200 delegates from all over Ireland attended a major nursing conference which was held in Dundalk in acknowledgment of Louth’s role as Ireland’s first age-friendly county.

Mary Deery, Louth Age Friendly County co-ordinator, gave a key speech to a packed house at the All-Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association (AIGNA) annual conference which took place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday, May 30.

The conference heard that Louth Age Friendly County has led the way in Ireland because it puts the older person at the centre of decision-making and service delivery.

The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Helping Older People To Flourish In Different Care Settings – The Nursing Contribution’. Ms Deery drew large comparisons between the success of AIGNA and that of Louth.

“AIGNA are a leading national organisation set within an international context, while Louth is a full member of the WHO Global Age-Friendly Cities Network and the European Innovation Project on Active and Healthy Ageing,” she said.

“Most importantly, both of our organisations are person-centred and lead the way in delivering a model that the country can adopt and follow.”

Rodd Bond, Director of the Netwell Centre at DkIT, also addressed the conference on the theme of the technological opportunities available to enable people to age in place, rather than have to enter residential care. AIGNA represents those involved in all areas of nursing for older people.