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Positive Ageing Week in the News

Kieran Hallinan, Director of Bluebird Care North East is pictured this week in the Drogheda Independent beside Joey Maher who accepted the certificate on behalf of the local team who participated in a unique volunteering initative last week promoting solidarity between the generations for Positive Ageing Week.

A number of Drogheda students contributed to their community in a unique volunteering initiative last week as the Louth Volunteer Centre promoted solidarity between the generations.

The project, part of the Senior Force Day celebrations running across the EU to recognise the 2012 ‘ European Year for Active Aging and Solidarity between Generations’ saw young people from various schools around Drogheda pair up with 50 or more senior volunteers from the community and gain insight into the contribution they make in their own community.

The students saw firsthand what exactly their 'volunteering partner' does to help out locally, while the older volunteers shared their experiences with the students which facilitated a shared experience for both generations.

This event was run alongside Positive Ageing Week (September 28 to October 6), organised by Age Action and supported by Bluebird Care, where hundreds of events took place nationwide to celebrate active ageing and to celebrate the contribution older people make within our communities. For the full story click here.

Pictured is Don O’Riordan Director of Bluebird Care Cork, with Deirdre Mullins, Kinsale Positive Ageing committee, and John O’Mahony, of Age Action Ireland. Deirdre was presented with a special plaque to mark the town’s participation in the Positive Ageing programme. Picture: Dermot Ryan.

Meanwhile in Co.Cork ‘POSITIVE’ was definitely the key word in the Positive Ageing Week activities in Kinsale where the work of the Kinsale committee was praised by John O’Mahony of Age Action Ireland when he visited the town on Wednesday to join students of the community school who entertained their older guests with a special showing of Casablanca followed by refreshments. Don O'Riordan, Director of Bluebird Care Cork speaking at the event said “Bluebird Care are proud to support Positive Ageing Week and the great initiatives taking place nationwide to celebrate positive ageing, such as this wonderful event here today."

Although Co. Clare was not one of the 15 towns nominated as a Positive Ageing Week Town, Bluebird Care Clare celebrated Positive Ageing week by organising a number individual events with the help of a group of volunteers to provide entertainment around the county in Hospital and Day Centres.

The team celebrated active and positive ageing in Ennistymon Day Centre, Kilmaley Day Centre, St Joseph's Hospital Ennis, Raheen Hospital and Day Centre, Carrigoran Nursing Home, Clarecastle Day Centre and Cahercalla Hospital.

The week was described as a wonderful success with many thanks to Eddie Lenihan (Seanchaí), Musicians Ged Foley, Chris Hallinan, Dominique Lyons, Seamus Bugler and Terry, Singers, Success Odiase and Elizabeth , and Marie and children from Newmarket on Fergus National School.

Stay tuned for more on Positive Ageing Week 2012.