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aggefriendlyclare.jpgMayor of Clare, Cllr. Pat Hayes, last night signed the Dublin Declaration on Age Friendly Cities and Communities at a formal signing ceremony in City Hall, Dublin, as part of the 1st International Conference on Age Friendly Cities and Communities. The aim of the declaration is to promote the importance of making our communities more age friendly and is based on the eight areas identified by the World Health Organisation in its Global Age Friendly Communities guide.
Commenting at the signing ceremony, Cllr. Pat Hayes, Mayor of Clare, said “Ageing is a matter that affects us all. In a world in which life expectancy is increasing, the need to prepare for the societal change is both urgent and timely. Age friendliness is about seeing elderly people as a resource and not as a burden or liability. I am very pleased that my colleagues in Clare County Council have supported the signing of this declaration. Through Clare County Development Board, we have now initiated the process necessary for preparing a detailed strategy to help make our County an age friendly County in the future. We look forward to engaging with all interested parties”. 

Pictured at the signing ceremony for the Dublin Declaration in City Hall, Dublin, were Cllr. Pat Hayes, Mayor of Clare (right) and Andrew Martinez, Mayor of Donostia San Sebastian (left). In the background are Ms. Anne Connolly, Director, Ageing Well Network; Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr. Andrew Montague; Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister of State, Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality & Defence; Mr. John Beard, Director, World Health Organisation.