The event, held in partnership with key stakeholders, was focused on helping to make Limerick an even better place to grow old where more and more older people can stay living in their own homes and communities, lead healthy and active lives, get to where they want to go, when they want to go, and are valued contributors to the lives of their communities.
Limerick launched an Age Friendly Limerick Strategy in May 2015. This five-year strategy 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.
Kelly Fitzgerald and Niall Deegan from Tait House gave a presentation at the event outlining the Senior Alert Scheme which has been established to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities.
The Senior Alert Scheme, provides funding for a personal monitored alarm, connected to a contact centre to enable older persons of 65 or older and of limited means, to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind.
The Scheme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development via Pobal with equipment made available through community, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations registered with Pobal under the SAS.