Ireland

Let's Walk and Talk
Action

The Dublin City Council has initiated a community initiative that consists of weekly walks in various parts of the city, themed historical walking tour and other special events.

Overview

The tours are led by an acclaimed historian who explores hidden parts of the city together with the walking group. Participants can be physical active while meeting people and learning more about their environment. The tours are easy to access as they are free and no booking in advance is necessary. The walking tours last about 90 minutes.

Impact

As we age, physical activity remains important to stay fit and healthy. Physical activity has proven to be good for your brain, heart and lungs and strengthens you immune system, helps to lower blood pressure, and reduces the risk of developing illnesses such as diabetes and osteoporosis. Furthermore, the walking tours are a social activity and can prevent people from being isolated from society.

LIFEMATTERS
Action

Self-care, wellbeing and emotional health

Overview

LIFEMATTERS is a positive psychology, cognitive behavioral coaching programme that focuses on providing older adults with tools for self-care, wellbeing and emotional health. LIFEMATTERS SV is based on the successful and validated LIFEMATTERS UNI-V programme. LIFEMATTERS UNI-V was philanthropically funded for E320,000 and over 1000 students (undergraduate, postgraduate and mature across courses in University College Cork) have completed the programme. Research findings both qualitative and quantitative in 884 students have confirmed the efficacy of the intervention 3 studies including randomized controlled trial. LIFEMATTERS was originally developed and used as a mental health users and carers self-help tool in the National Health Service in the UK.

Impact

The programme is an evidence based self-care, wellbeing and emotional health innovation, that consists of a framework and tools for individual and group application. Healthcare professionals, service users and wider society can be trained on the use and dissemination of the programme. It facilitates individual empowerment and psychological health management, and can be used by carers to enhance self-care and promote independent living.

Louth County Age-Friendly Initiative
Action

Increase the participation of older people in the social, economic and cultural life of the community.

Overview

Louth, as a part of the WHO global age-friendly cities network, is the first Age-Friendly County in Ireland. The aim of the initiative is to increase the participation of older people in the social, economic and cultural life of the community, to improve the health and well-being of older people in the county and to show how services and supports for older people can be made more responsive, caring, professional and accessible, through imaginative and cost-effective partnerships. As a part of this concept Louth county has also adopted the age-friendly business approach which aims doing business in a way that recognizes and addresses the market opportunity afforded by a society where more people are living healthier for longer. For more information about the age-friendly business approach please click here.

Impact

Older people’s participation in the labour market is lengthened and strengthened, especially by leveraging their wisdom as senior entrepreneurs.

K-CORD - Kinsale COmmunity Response to Dementia
Action

K-CORD is a project designed to create an age friendly environment in an Irish town, commencing in September of 2012 and expected to run for three and a half years. Education is an integral part of the K-CORD project in alliance with University College Cork.

Overview

K-CORD is a philanthropic and government-funded community based project which will work to identify, mobilise and develop community-based supports and innovative technological solutions with the ultimate aim of supporting carers and enabling people with dementia to remain at home living full lives. The consortium behind the project includes community organisations, citizens of all ages, carers, church representatives, health professionals, state employed health staff and technology experts.

Picturesque fishing town of Kinsale, and its surrounding hinterland, has just been selected as one of four areas nationally to participate in a three year pilot project aimed at improving services to older people with dementia following a competitive selection process. The findings of this project will inform the development of the forthcoming National Dementia Strategy.

Impact