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DCU Age Friendly University

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.


Project Team

Christine O'Kelly joined DCU as Age Friendly Coordinator in September 2014 to advance the Age Friendly Initiative. She has worked for many years in the community and voluntary sector and has a Masters in Community and Voluntary Management. For the past eighteen years she worked in the ageing sector initially with Age and Opportunity and is the former CEO of the Older Women's Network. Christine currently supports the DCU Age Friendly Implementation Action Team and the External Expert Advisory Board which comprises ten organisations in the ageing sector.

We have always been ambitious in our aspirations and in this time of incredible change, our goals are greater than ever...but we can’t achieve them on our own.

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