The National Positive Ageing Strategy: Positive Ageing Starts Now

The National Positive Ageing Strategy (NPAS), published in April 2013, is a high level commitment from the Government outlining a vision for ageing and older people in ROI. It is an over-arching cross-departmental policy that serves as a blueprint for age-related policy and service delivery across Government. It includes four national goals to serve as a direction in achieving the vision outlined:

  • Remove barriers to participation and provide more opportunities for the continued involvement of people as they age in all aspects of cultural, economic and social life in their communities according to their needs, preferences and capacities.

  • Support people as they age to maintain, improve or manage their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

  • Enable people to age with confidence, security and dignity in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.

  • Support and use research about people as they age to better inform policy responses to population ageing in ROI

Each of these goals is underpinned by several objectives that are relevant to specific policy areas and cross-cutting objectives of combatting ageism and improving information provision.

Healthy Ireland provides the basis for the implementation of the National Positive Ageing Strategy. The Strategy committed to the development of an Implementation Plan, based on the strategic direction laid out in the NPAS. This is still under development, but will when developed facilitate:

  • Translation of the Goals and Objectives of the Strategy into action on the ground

  • Development of key deliverables in a more detailed manner, taking account of relevant linkages with other statutory agencies

  • Development of timelines and performance indicators

  • Specification of ‘direct responsible individuals’ across Government and wider civil society

For each of the National Goals and Objectives, Priority Action Areas were also identified in the strategy.  These were selected as key areas in which actions should be developed. They are intended to set the strategic direction for activity rather than prescribe the specific measures that will be taken to progress the implementation of the Strategy. 

Most recently the government have produced the Positive Ageing 2016 report which presents findings from a wide range of existing resources on what matters for older people. It sets out the evidence under the three pillars identified in the National Positive Ageing Strategy offering a benchmark for the future against which to measure progress.

Positive Ageing 2016: National Indicators Report can be accessed here.

Title: 
The National Positive Ageing Strategy: Positive Ageing Starts Now
Date: 
2014