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Author: Londonderry Sentinel
Published on 13 October 2014 04:00 PM

Older people who took part in a consultation project designed towards making Derry-Londonderry a more 'Age Friendly City' were unanimous in their view that the North West is a great place to grow older.

The Derry-Londonderry Healthy Cities ‘Developing Our Age Friendly City and Region’ report was presented to Derry City Council on Thursday (October 9).

It follows on from the ‘One Plan’s’ vision of creating an ‘Age Friendly Region’ in the North West and will now inform an action plan that will be set out to achieve this.

According to the report the engagement feedback was overwhelmingly positive with strong agreement that Londonderry and Strabane are good places to grow older.

However, the report adds: “There are clear issues and concerns that the older people involved in this engagement have around what makes life difficult for them in their community and in this part of the world.”

The report concluded: “The Derry City and Strabane District Council region has many age friendly characteristics.

“The friendliness of its people and their generosity, proactive and inclusive community support, caring neighbourhoods and affordable and friendly taxi services stand out as reasons why older people like living in this part of the world.

“But the region also has a number of features that create significant hindrances for older people including high levels of dog fouling, complicated communication with service providers and lack of public toilets available in both city and town centres.”

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