To develop an environment for ageing well, we need to characterise the older Irish citizen and explore factors which determine successful ageing. This can only be done with the help of a nationally representative survey of our older population that will act as the foundation on which we can plan appropriate health, medical, social and economic policies. This study provides a comprehensive and accurate picture of the characteristics, needs and contributions of older persons in Ireland that will be invaluable for:
- policy-makers and public sector service planners
- voluntary sector actors engaged in activities that seek to enhance the social integration of older citizens
- many private sector companies in the insurance and services industries
Furthermore, the study will deliver quality cutting edge research consistent with the emerging national initiative towards a "knowledge society" built on innovations in science and technology.