In September 2011 South Dublin signed up to the World Health Organisation Dublin Declaration on Age Friendly Cities and Counties. South Dublin is now committed to being an Age Friendly County, and the development of this strategy is part of that commitment. South Dublin is participating in the National Age Friendly County Programme, an initiative of the Ageing Well Network.
The objectives of the South Dublin Age Friendly County Programme are to:
- Improve the health and well-being of older people in the County
- Increase participation in the social, economic and cultural life of the community
- Encourage effective partnerships between local statutory, private and voluntary organisations
In January 2012 the Age Friendly County Alliance was established and is chaired by the Chief Executive. This Alliance includes representatives of agencies who are providing services to older people. Through their membership of the Alliance these agencies are committed to working in a creative partnership to improve the quality of life of older people in South Dublin, and making this a great County in which to grow older. The Age Friendly County Strategy is a collection of information on what is already happening to make the South Dublin Age Friendly, along with plans for the future. The strategy is a living document and is updated by the Alliance on a regular basis to ensure all new projects and initiatives are included.