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Positive News for Positive Ageing Week

Age Action’s Positive Ageing Week is over for another year and  we would like to say that we have thoroughly enjoyed being involved.

From film screenings (‘The Brothers’ in Boyle and ‘Casablanca’ in Kinsale), the ‘OAP’ olympics in Cashel and many Dances, to information sessions, storytelling, boat trips, wood walks, and not forgetting the tasty Big Bake where we let several of Grandma’s secrets out of the bag, it’s been a week to remember.

Thanks to everyone involved, in particular Age Action for having us on board and all the town committees for all their work and hospitality throughout the week.

See below a snippet of various events that took place throughout the country and remember keep celebrating positive ageing and ensuring Ireland is the best place in the world to grow old.

Pictured at the launch of Positive Ageing Week in Dungarvan is Brian Egan Director of Bluebird Care Carlow/Kilkenny/Waterford proudly presenting a distinguished Positive Ageing Week Town Certificate to Anne Marie Rossiter, local councillor and Chairperson of Dungarvan Positive Ageing Committee.

We would like to thank Dungarvan Positive Ageing Week Committee for all their work and hospitality throughout Positive Ageing Week. The week was a huge success and Bluebird Care are thrilled to have supported it and been part of it.

Kieran Hallinan, Director of Bluebird Care North East is pictured 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 throughout Positive Ageing 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.”

Pictured in the Tullamore Tribune presenting Positive Ageing Week certificates at a tea dance in Darmagh Community Centre Tullamore is (from left to right) Caoimhin Armstrong, Director of Bluebird Care Laois, Offaly and Kildare; Ann Tobin, PAW Tullamore; Molly Buckley, PAW Tullamore and Lorraine Murphy, Age Action.

Tullamore commenced the week with a Positive Ageing Networking event from 2pm – 5pm on Wednesday 3rd October in the Darmagh Community Centre, Clontarf road. Other events throughout the week included Skype Workshops; information on Saorview, a Go for Life Games demonstration, and a Boccia demonstration-and-try session and much more.

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.