Age Action Ireland is
the national independent organisation on ageing and older people.
It acts as a network of organisations and individuals including
older people and carers of older people. It is a development
agency promoting better policies and services for older people
in an ageing society.
Aims and Objectives
To improve communication and co-operation among the organisations and individuals concerned with ageing and older people.
To enhance the exchange of information and views about the needs of older people and the development of appropriate policies and services.
To promote greater interest and involvement in research.
To assist and undertake innovative projects and services for older people and their carers.
To assist statutory and voluntary agencies in developing more effective policies and services.
Age & Opportunity works closely with the major national arts venues and with
arts organisations to promote older people's involvement in the
arts, as artists, events organisers and as audience.
Go For Life campaign
aims to get older people more active and involved in recreational sport and challenges
the belief that physical activity is only of benefit to younger
Creating awareness of ageism
All of Age & Opportunity's work is designed to challenge negative attitudes to
ageing and older people
Age & Opportunity works with the media, encouraging an open-minded approach on
issues concerned with older people.
Links with the Health Services
Age & Opportunity has close links with the regional health boards, which facilitate
an interchange of ideas and information.
Many libraries have initiated projects in partnership with local groups of older
people, in particular establishing senior reading groups
A regular newsletter, Challenging Attitudes, reports on the organisation's activities
and keeps readers abreast of new publications, educational opportunities, legislation
and international developments in this rapidly changing area