There are currently nearly one million people aged 60 or over living on the island of Ireland. By 2031 it is expected that Northern Ireland’s percentage of people aged 60 or over will increase to 28%. It will take until 2041 to reach a similar level in the Republic of Ireland. The economic, social and political consequences of an ageing population are a challenge for policy makers. Both jurisdictions have begun to address the issue and there is evidence of an increased focus on older people at policy level, as the following initiatives highlight.
This updated document aims to provide researchers, policy makers and voluntary and community
representatives with an overview of ageing policy initiatives in Ireland, North and South, and at EU and International level. It aims to be an easy to navigate guide that will be updated as developments occur. This document is intended as a reference guide only. It is available to download at the link below:
Stocktake of Ageing Public Policy Initiatives in Ireland, North and South (updated Aug 2010)