Maynooth’s age friendly move

MAYNOOTH Community Council has warmed to suggestions it become an age friendly town as part of a government project.

MAYNOOTH Community Council has warmed to suggestions it become an age friendly town as part of a government project.

At its monthly meeting on 9 July, the Council heard a presentation from Brigid Butler, the Naas-based co-coordinator for the Kildare Age Friendly County Programme.

The programme is an initiative of the Ageing Well Network, and the plan is to make growing old easier.

Ms. Butler said Kildare was the second most age friendly county in the country and part of the idea will be to have an inclusive society.

She said the plan is to include young people in the programme and it is thought that Maynooth, with a young student population, would be ideal. “We are working closely with young people,” said Ms. Butler, who added that the there are now 300 senior citizens listed in their older persons database.

The Older Person’s Forum has made a submission to the Government on the Fair Deal nursing.

Ms. Butler told the Glenroyal Hotel meeting that safety was a big issue with older people – the fear or perceived fear of burglaries.

Community Council chairman, Tom McMullon, said having Maynooth involved was a good idea and the attendance agreed.

- Henry Bauress