Age Friendly Information Booklets Launched In Skerries

Skerries age friendlyPictured at the launch of the Information Guide to Services for older people in Skerries, which took place in Skerries Harps GAA clubhouse last week are, Oonagh Ryan (OPRAH - Older People Remaining At Home), Jane Landy (Skerries Community Association), Nora Owen (Age Action Alliance), County Mayor, Cllr David O'Connor, Aisling Costello (Age Friendly Ireland) and Paul Reid (Chief Executive Fingal County Council)

On Tuesday 25th August, the Skerries Age Friendly Town Working Group launched an Information Pack for people over 65 years. County Mayor, Cllr David O’Connor, launched the booklet in the Skerries Harps GAA Club to an audience of almost 200 people. Paul Reid, CEO of Fingal County Council, Nora Owen, Chair of the Fingal Age Friendly Alliance, Aisling Costello, Age Friendly Ireland, Oonagh Ryan, National Co-ordinator of the Older People Remaining at Home Initiative and Jane Landy of Skerries Community Development Association spoke about the important role of older people in our communities.
Paul Reid welcomed the development of the new Skerries Age Friendly Information pack saying, “It was produced to address the information needs of older people in the town, in particular the needs of the most vulnerable older people in the town. The pack includes a Fridge Magnate of Emergency Service contact details and an Action Plan for the town. It also provides information on clubs and leisure activities for older people and should be of huge benefit to all.”
Speaking at the launch, the County Major added, “As you all know, an Age Friendly Town is a town where the community understands and responds to the needs of older people. It is created by consulting, building and implementing a plan with the community to make their town age friendly. It uses the methodologies of the Age Friendly County programme, focusing on the selected town, to significantly improve the quality of life of older adults living in the area and to engage them in shaping and enhancing their own
communities.”
As part of the Age Friendly Town Process, a number of actions were undertaken in the town including, walkability surveys, consultation days with older adults and service providers and a survey of signage in the town.