Since 2014 each local authority in Ireland has committed to developing an Age Friendly Programme based on the World Health Organisation (WHO) AgeFriendly Cities Framework and Guidelines (WHO, 2007). The Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme provide a structure and the necessary supports to allow local authorities to take the lead on changing perceptions of ageing, and changing the planning and delivery of services.
At local level, each Age Friendly City or County has an Alliance, chaired at the outset by the Chief Executive of the County or City. This Alliance provides the structure to enable senior decision makers from the key Government agencies such as the local Authority, Health Service Executive, An Garda Síochána, Third Level Institutions, employers, older people and voluntary and private organisations to work together to create communities that are more responsive to the needs of older people.
In 2015, the Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative invited the Age Friendly Cities and Counties programmes to collaborate in a research programme to develop evidence to support the implementation of the NPAS at local level. The HaPAI AFCC Survey was carried out to provide evidence about the experiences and preferences of older people, and to identify the gaps and supports needed to allow them to age positively in their local communities. The data collected is linked to three goals of the National Positive Ageing Strategy (NPAS) and reflects the core domains of Age Friendly Programme in Ireland.