Ageing and Older People

The National Positive Ageing Strategy: Positive Ageing Starts Now

Department of Health
2014

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. 

Active Ageing Strategy 2014-2020 – Consultation Document

Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister
2014

NI’s ageing strategy, Ageing in an Inclusive Society, was published in 2005 and an active ageing strategy is currently being developed to replace the existing strategy. The purpose of the new strategy will be to transform attitudes to and services for older people.

When developed, it is intended to provide direction for Departments’ policies, make connections between a range of relevant Strategies and lead to the improvement of services for older people. As well as increasing the understanding of the issues affecting older people, the active ageing strategy is expected to facilitate a move away from an emphasis on needs, costs and burden of ageing to the promotion of rights, value and contribution of older people. NI’s national dementia strategy is referred to regularly in the consultation document. The consultation document has outlined five high level goals: independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity, all of which are significant goals for people with dementia. Feedback from The Active Ageing Strategy Consultation, which closed in May 2014, will inform the final version of the strategy due for publication in 2015.