Seeing an ageing population as an opportunity, rather than a challenge, is vital for the progression of society. This is the message Age & Opportunity shared recently at the launch of their Strategic Plan 2021-2023. It was launched by TD Heather Humphreys, Minister of Justice, Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands, Karen Horgan, CEO Age & Opportunity and Ita Mangan, Chair of the Age & Opportunity Board by video due to Covid-19. Minister Humphreys noted her department is looking forward to working with Age & Opportunity to enhance the ageing experience in Ireland. Age & Opportunity is the national organisation that provides a range of opportunities for older people who want to get more involved in arts and culture, sport and physical activity, civic engagement and personal development.
Karen Horgan, CEO of Age & Opportunity, said: “The unexpected and ubiquitous challenges that Covid-19 brought with it from early 2020 reverberated around the world, impacting significantly on society and bringing with it a radically altered landscape with unanticipated challenges. The pandemic has drawn attention to a dominant narrative of decline around ageing and has demonstrated that we will have some distance to travel in developing as a truly age friendly society. Age & Opportunity want to help people, as we age, to seize opportunities available to us. Our vision is an Ireland where all older people can be more active; more visible; more creative; more connected; more confident; more often.”
Age & Opportunity’s Strategic Plan 2021-2023 is focusing on enhancing the ageing experience, influencing public policy, working with partners and delivering value for their funders and programme participants.
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