Roscrea Working Towards Age Friendly Future

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Roscrea Working Towards Age Friendly Future thumbnailAn Age Friendly Roscrea Business workshop was organised by Anne Keevey and Shane Winters of Age Friendly Ireland, who are pictured with Business and Services providers.

OVER 40 ROSCREA businesses and organisations took part in a series of seminars focused on better catering for older people last week.

The seminars, which were organised by the Age Friendly Roscrea group working with Age Friendly Ireland, were attended by a very varied selection of organisations and businesses from Roscrea and surrounding areas.

With the older population of Roscrea set to more than double in the coming decades as people are living longer and healthier lives, the Age Friendly Roscrea group, led by Roscrea woman Anne Keevey, are working towards ensuring Roscrea is a better place to live in and grow old in.

The group, the first of its kind in North Tipperary, are leading the way in spreading awareness and encouraging people to stop and think about what challenges face the older generation living in the town.

Working with the local authority and local groups and businesses, the Age Friendly Group look at the issue in terms of planning for the future and how navigating through, shopping in and living in Roscrea can be made easier and more comfortable for older people.

Recently Age Friendly Roscrea attended a meeting of the Municipal Council for the area, where Councillors applauded the group for leading the charge on raising the issue and, most importantly, presenting many achievable solution to everyday challenges facing older member of our community.

Last Friday the Friendly Roscrea Business Recognition Programme got off to a flying start, when 43 Roscrea business and service providers participated in one of three introductory training sessions facilitated by Age Friendly Roscrea and Age Friendly Ireland.

These business and service providers, already committed to providing a quality, age friendly service, are aiming to continuously improve their service in response to the growing, ageing community.

Representatives from across the very varied spectrum of businesses and organisations active in Roscrea attended the seminars and shared their experiences, while also benefiting from the knowledge of others.

For the seminar each business and service provider nominated a 'named champion' to attend, who is tasked with consulting with customers and clients to identify practical initiatives that can be undertaken.

'Input from the community is invaluable and input from older people especially so,' Anne Keevey, Chair of Age Friendly Roscrea said.

'Very often something small can make a big difference. Please share your ideas with us and or with your local business and service providers. Let s hear from you and have your say,' was Anne's message to anyone seeking to participate or learn more.

For more information on Age Friendly Roscrea contact Anne Keevey on (083) 113 3987.


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