About the Age Friendly Programme

Age Friendly KerryThe overarching goal of Ireland’s Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme is that every local authority area in Ireland will be a great place in which to grow old.

The Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme is part of a worldwide, World Health Organisation (WHO) programme.   The Programme is led by the local authorities working in partnership with older people, alongside a range of service providers and other relevant stakeholders. All local Age Friendly programmes are committed to embedding age friendliness through improved sustainable built environments, lifetime housing, improved public spaces, accessible public & private services, timely and accessible transport, sustained rural development and improved economic development.

The biggest challenge is that society has to change how it views ageing. The Programme asks us to imagine new ways in which service providers and other organisations can work together to deliver improvements in supports and services that not only benefit older people but the community as a whole.

Kerry County Council adopted the Kerry Age Friendly Strategy in September 2018.  The challenge is to ensure that the learning from the work of the various agencies and community and voluntary sector is embedded formally into policies and practices.

Click here to view the Kerry Age Friendly Strategy (PDF opens in a new tab)