In 2013, DCU became the world’s first Age-Friendly University, based on its commitment to being an engine of healthy and active ageing for the community in our region. Many other universities around the world have followed our example. DCU is committed to opening up every aspect of campus life, including all educational, research, cultural and recreational facilities and activities, to respond to the needs and interests of older adults.
The Age Friendly University initiative will see the establishment of a new Welcome Centre, which will act as the front door for older people to the DCU campus. Located on the ground floor of the planned Centre for Healthy Ageing building, the Welcome Centre will encompass a community café, an Age Friendly University Support Service and the Centre for Intergenerational Learning and Research. Through its co-location with CHAnge (Centre for Healthy Ageing), it will promote healthy ageing initiatives; including personalized health management strategies and research opportunities in collaboration with communities across all generations.
This is one of the many ways in which DCU is committed to transforming lives and societies and making our campus a welcoming place for all members of our community.