Ireland's over 65 population is growing faster than anywhere in Europe. What can we do, as individuals and organisations, to make Ireland a great place to grow old?
The over-65 population has grown by 35 per cent over the past decade — more than three times the rate of growth in the overall population and faster than elsewhere in Europe, according to a 2022 report by the Department of Health.
The number of people aged 65 and over is projected to increase from 2011 to 2041 by 160 per cent. As a proportion of the population, this represents an increase from 11.4 per cent in 2011 to 22.4 per cent in 2041 (The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA)).
Age Friendly Ireland’s vision is to make Ireland a great country in which to grow old.
By guiding the development and implementation of effective city and county based, multi-agency Age Friendly Strategies we are intent on making a significant difference to the quality of life of older people living in Ireland.
Established in 2018 as a shared service function of the local government sector Age Friendly Ireland coordinates the national Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme.
This webinar will cover some of these projected changes and discuss the challenges we face. We will discuss what we can expect, and what we can do to prepare and transition to a society that accommodates people of any age.
We will discuss how individuals and business can support people aged 65 and over.
Orlaith Carmody is Principle Business Advisor to Age Friendly Ireland for the past four years. A business and executive coach, and a recognized expert communications advisor and strategist, she has delivered coaching, training and workshops nationally and internationally. She is the author of Speak Now – Communicate Well in the Workplace (Tara Press 2023) which shares her coaching and teaching over 25 years, and offers a complete toolkit to business owners and leaders who want to develop their frontline skills. Orlaith is a founder Director of Gavin Duffy and Associates, which has advised, coached and mentored SMEs in Ireland for almost 30 years, and also Director of Carmody Coaching and Consulting.
She has held executive directorships in SMEs in recruitment, media production, education and training, healthcare and property, partnering these businesses on their strategic development and growth. She served on the Board of RTE from 2010-2015, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from 2019 -2022.
Orlaith holds and MA from Dublin City University (DCU); she is an accredited Senior Practitioner with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC); she is a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC).
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