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Making Donegal more age friendly 20.05.14

DONEGAL County Council has begun a series of consultation meetings with the aim of listening to the voices of older people in the county.
The local authority through its Donegal Age County Programme Alliance wants to hear seniors' thoughts on what it is like to be an older person living here.
After the consultation process, a plan will be developed to try and make the county a more age friendly place to live.
Alliance chair and county manager Seamus Neely said the organisation would spend the next number of months "engaging with and listening to older people across the county". "We will then know what matters to the older members of our communities on issues such as public transport, access to quality healthcare, opportunities to socialise and stay connected, and public spaces where they can walk and talk and feel safe," said Mr Neely.
Donegal is one of many counties taking part in the Age Friendly Counties Programme. The programme aims to see older people in Ireland enjoying a good quality of life while participating fully in their communities.
Mayor of Donegal, Cllr Ian McGarvey added: “It is wonderful to see the older people in County Donegal will have a say in how their county is planned for in the future. It is so important that we feel that we can continue to make a contribution to our community, no matter what age we are.” As part of the process, the new alliance is preparing a programme of consultation with older persons groups located throughout the county.
It will be going out to meet groups in their own areas over the next few months.
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