On June 20th 2018, the Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly TD, launched Positive Ageing in Age Friendly Cities and Counties – Local Indicators for Ireland. This report presents the views of more than 10,000 people aged 55 and over, in 20 county and city councils across Ireland. The research is the first survey to provide reliable evidence across so many local authority areas on the views and experiences of older people. The survey highlights the positives and the negatives in the experience of ageing and aims to inform service provision and policy implementation at local and national levels throughout the country.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Daly said: “I’m very happy to launch this report today, and that my Department has contributed to such a valuable piece of research. It confirms the very welcome news that we have become very successful at adding years to life, however there remain challenges to ensure we add life to those years. Irish people are living longer, and are living actively, participating in their communities.
“I’m also very pleased to see that the vast majority of our older people rate their health status as being good or very good. There are, of course, areas that we can improve on, but it’s very important that good quality data and evidence, such as this report, can be used by health professionals and policy makers in providing a high-quality health service for all,” Minister Jim Daly said.