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The Art of Active Ageing

Positive Ageing Week, the country’s largest celebration of active and positive ageing is in full swing with ages 3 to 93 teaming up this week to enjoy hundreds of events nationwide.

Organised by Age Action and proudly supported by Bluebird Care this year's festival marks its 10th anniversary with the biggest celebration yet. An estimated 1,250 events are expected to take place across the country with the 15 Positive Ageing Week towns of Arklow; Athy; Ballymun; Boyle; Cashel; Drogheda; Dublin; Dundalk; Dungarvan; Galway; Kinsale; Midleton; Sligo; Trim; and Tullamore hosting a variety of week long events from now until October 6.

Positive Ageing Week began in 2002 when Age Action decided to mark the United Nations International Day of Older People, October 1 with a small event. A decade to this day, it has since grown and grown, and is now a key part of the national calendar.

The purpose of the week is to show that ageing is not something to fear, but something to celebrate,” Age Action chief executive Robin Webster explained. “It is an opportunity for older people to enjoy themselves and for communities to recognise the contribution which older people have made, and continue to make, in their localities. Older people play key roles in our communities as volunteers, parents and grandparents and experienced workers.”

 Bluebird Care’s Director of Operations Eddie O’Toole says, “It is wonderful to be at the heart of a national celebration and to help recognise the invaluable role which older people play in our communities.”

With everything from OAP Olympics, coffee mornings, walks and sporting activities, seminars and demonstrations, art and zumba classes and much, much more it promises to be an action packed week with something for everyone to enjoy.

So get involved, join in to celebrate active ageing and help make Ireland the best place to grow old.

 For a full calendar of events see: http://bit.ly/Sg704O

 To find on what's happening in a Positive Aging Town near you see: http://bit.ly/V57HUL

 For more information on Age Action logon to www.ageaction.ie