Age Friendly Limerick is committed to improving key areas of infrastructure, services, information and an overall social response to older person’s issues.
- Putting Your House in Order Information Sessions
- Grant funding to support older people
- Alliance - Agencies
- Key Headings
- Issues for Older People
- What is 'Age Friendly'?
- The Future
- Contact Information
Age Friendly Limerick, in collaboration with the Irish Hospice Foundation and PLACE - EE, is hosting a series of events over the month of February 2020 called “Putting Your House in Order.”
An information session will be hosted in each of the municipal districts and will give advice on a range of topics under four main headings:
Care Preferences - Advance Healthcare Directive, Designated Healthcare Representative, Life Sustaining
Treatments, CPR etc.
Legal - Enduring Power of Attorney, Making a will etc.
Financial - Bank Accounts, Insurance, Life Assurance, Credit Cards, Tax Affairs, Pensions etc.
When I Die - Organ/Body Donation, Post Mortem, Funeral and Burial Arrangements etc.
The session will be delivered in two parts. The first part will cover wills, enduring power of attorney and other legal issues, and will be delivered by Sharon Cahir, Solicitor. The second part of the event will be delivered by Rebecca Lloyd, Public Engagement Officer with the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF). Rebecca will focus on the other three headings, Care Preferences, Financial and When I Die, and will guide attendees through filling out the “Think Ahead” booklet, published by the IHF.
The first event in the series will take place in Istabraq Hall, Limerick City and County Council Offices, Merchants Quay on Thursday 6th February, 2020 from 11am to 2.30 pm (registration from
10.30am - 11am). The events are FREE, but places are limited so booking is essential.
Other Locations & Dates
- Friday February 7th The Woodlands House Hotel in Adare, County Limerick
- Monday February 10th The Longcourt Hotel in Newcastlewest, County Limerick
- Thursday February 13th The Millenium Centre, Caherconlish, County Limerick
- Friday February 14th Istabraq Hall, Limerick City and County Council Offices, Merchants Quay
*All events will take place from 11am - 2.30pm with a refreshment break. Registration from 10.30am.
Age Friendly Limerick Strategy 2015-2020 launched on Tuesday 12th May 2015.
To view the full Age Friendly Limerick Strategy 2015-2020 click here.
It is a five year strategy which officially declares Limerick as an ‘Age Friendly’ location.
It commits for the first time to improving key areas of infrastructure, services, information and an overall social response to older person’s issues.
The strategy, led by Limerick City and County Council, was developed by Limerick Age Friendly Alliance in consultation and co-operation with older people in the area.
Grants will range from €5,000 - €20,000
€250,000 will be dedicated to dementia-related initiatives.
As part of a joint initiative by Jim Daly, Minister for Older People and the HSE Services for Older People, an extra €1 million in funding is being made available to community and voluntary groups to continue to support older people, family carers and significant others to stay well and remain connected with their local community. Approximately €250,000 of this funding will be dedicated to dementia related initiatives.
The closing date for receipt of applications for the Community & Voluntary Support Grant is Thursday 15th August 2019 with funding allocated in August / September 2019. The grant funding information can be found here.
The Alliance is a voluntary partnership made up of representatives from the following public sector agencies in the area and other organisations that promote a positive approach to ageing.
- Limerick City and County Council
- The Health Service Executive
- An Garda Síochána
- TUSLA Children and Family Service
- Limerick Clare Education and Training Board
- The Irish Farmers Association
- The Irish Country Woman’s Association
- Limerick Chamber of Commerce
- University of Limerick
- The GAA
- Dromin Athlacca Voluntary Housing Scheme
- St Munchin’s Community Enterprise Centre
Everyone involved have given commitments to significantly help to improve the quality of life of older people in Limerick in the coming years under these key headings:
- Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
- Respect and Social Inclusion
- Social Participation
- Communication and Information
- Civic Participation
- Community Support and Health Services
Extensive consultation revealed the issues raised by older people in Limerick.
- A need for greater accessibility on streets, public spaces and public buildings.
- Worry over closure of essential services and the sustainability of services in rural areas.
- A desire to live as independently as possible in one’s own home for as long as possible.
- Loneliness and isolation can be detrimental to both the physical and mental health of older people.
- High incidences of depression among older people.
- Need for a wide range of home support and care services.
- Increase opportunities to participate in physical and social activities.
- Recognise the diversity and range of what older people have to offer their communities.
- Stronger need for inclusion of older people on decision making boards.
The World Health Organisation defines an 'age-friendly' community as one in which service providers, public officials, community leaders, faith leaders, business people and citizens recognise the great diversity among older persons, promote their inclusion and contribution in all areas of community life, respect their decisions and lifestyle choices, and anticipate and respond flexibly to ageing related needs and preferences.
In terms of the demographic of the Mid-West region, the 2011 Census shows that 12.4% of the region’s population of 379,327 was within 55-85+ age bracket (88,546).
The population of Limerick stood at 191,809 in 2011. The percentage of the population within the 55-85+ age bracket was 25.9% (43,691 people).
Figures from the Central Statistics Office show that while the population of Limerick grew by 3.4% between 2006 and 2011, the number of people aged between 55 and 85 years increased by 13.4%. Furthermore, the average age of a person living in Limerick in 2006 was 35.6 years of age compared to 36.5 years of age just five years later.
Limerick’s ambition to be Age Friendly means it will:
- Become a great place to grow older.
- Have easily accessible public buildings, shops and services.
- Incorporate older peoples' views into significant decisions being made about Limerick.
- Promote a positive attitude to ageing and address stereotypes about older people.
- Create opportunities for older people to be engaged with their Limerick socially as employees and as volunteers.
Age Friendly Limerick
Phone: +353 61 557525