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Young and old unite to celebrate Positive Ageing Week 2012

"There are no limits". Launching the 10th Annual Positive Ageing Week are John and Sarah Fitzsimons with 3 year old Michael Fitzpatrick. Also pictured are Lorraine Dorgan, Deputy CEO Age Action, organisers of Positive Ageing Week and Eddie O'Toole, Director of Operations, Bluebird Care who are supporting Positive Ageing Week. Photo by Darren Kinsella.

Groups of younger and older people will team up this week to enjoy hundreds of events around Ireland as part of Age Action’s Positive Ageing Week.

This year the older people’s charity celebrates the 10th annual Positive Ageing Week with a strong intergenerational theme to mark the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. Over 1,000 events are expected to take place during the week (September 28 to October 6), which is sponsored by Bluebird Care.

Positive Ageing Week 2012 will be formally launched by broadcaster Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh at an Age Action conference in Croke Park this morning.  International experts on health care, older workers and carers, and intergenerational work will be among the line-up of speakers for the event.   The conference, sponsored by Pfizer, will look at the contribution which older people make to society.

“From the start the aim of Positive Ageing Week was to celebrate the fact that we are all living longer and that ageing was something to be celebrated, not feared,” Age Action chief executive Robin Webster said. “Our ageing population is a tremendous demographic bounty, but we must look at more ways to capitalise on this.  Positive Ageing Week highlights the contribution which older people have made in the past to our communities and, more importantly, the contribution which they continue to make today. Never, has that message been more important. ”

The week is Ireland’s largest celebration of positive ageing, with 15 Positive Ageing Week towns running week-long series of events and hundreds of communities across the country marking the week in their own special way. Mr Webster appealed for the general public and local communities to support their local events. “All the preparations are complete and all that is now needed is for communities to rally around and support their local events,” he said.

Positive Ageing Week is only possible because of the sponsorship provided by Bluebird Care.  “Much of our work involves helping older people live with dignity in their own homes, and so we are delighted to be part of this national celebration of positive ageing,” Bluebird Care Director of Operations Eddie O’Toole said.

This year’s Positive Ageing Week towns are: Arklow; Athy; Ballymun; Boyle; Cashel; Drogheda; Dublin; Dundalk; Dungarvan; Galway; Kinsale; Midleton; Sligo; Trim; and Tullamore.

The lineup of events taking place around the country ranges from concerts and gala balls, to line dancing, mystery tours, historical walks and cookery demonstrations. For full details of events around Ireland visit www.ageaction.ie

FOR MEDIA QUERIES CONTACT EAMON TIMMINS, HEAD OF ADVOCACY AND COMMUNICATIONS, AGE ACTION, 01-4756989 OR 087-9682449.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2012