New Age Friendly Business Programme launched
Gavin Duffy, Dragons' Den star, businessman and former presidential candidate launched the Age Friendly Business Programme in Arklow Library last Tuesday.
The programme lets people know that their custom is valued and that the businesses are committed to serving them. Each business that signs up commits to taking three actions, for example adjusting music, clearer signage, provide seating or offering smaller portions.
Older people are a diverse group: one in three is affected by hearing loss, almost two-thirds wear glasses or lenses and a significant number have mobility issues. Knowing this and making small adjustments in stores makes a big difference.
In Arklow, a total of 41 businesses will receive certification as Age Friendly. Many of the local businesses involved in the initiative attended last Tuesday night's event.
Speaking at the launch, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Irene Winters, said that the national Age Friendly programme endeavoured to make age friendly a way of life with older people continuing to be at the heart of the initiative.
Last year, the Arklow Municipal District installed a number of age friendly parking bays to help older people get around the town more easily.