Mary Deery has worked with Louth County Council (local government) for over thirty years. In the last 4 years she has managed the Louth Age Friendly County Initiative on behalf of Louth County Council. She studied Rural Development in National University College Maynooth and obtained a Bachelor of Science in the subject.
The Louth Age Friendly County Initiative has delivered a strategic plan covering the 8 framework programme areas as outlined in the WHO Age Friendly Cities programme. To date the programme has won one of the Excellence in Public Service Awards 2012 presented by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The achievements which contributed to the success of the programme include, the Great Northern Haven, a purpose-built development of 16 smart apartments constructed specifically for Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) applications. There have been several technology assisted programmes run throughout the county covering a wide variety of technologies.
Louth has also developed the Age Friendly Town programme and toolkit, an age friendly business plan and a safety and security plan. The Louth Older People’s Forum designed the Louth Age Friendly County website www.louthagefriendlycounty.ie.
Other programmes promoted by the Louth Older People’s Forum include the Men’s Sheds, Friendly Call Service, the Parlour, intergenerational programmes, IT training programmes, and sports programmes.