Positive Ageing Week 2012 – Get involved

From Friday 28th of September to Saturday 6th October 2012 Bluebird Care together with Age Action, will be celebrating Positive Ageing in Ireland.

Positive Ageing Week (PAW) is a festival which highlights the positive aspects of ageing and celebrates the contribution older people have made and continue to make to our communities.

This is the 10th year Age Action has marked UN International Day of Older Persons (1st October) and with PAW becoming bigger and better every year, Bluebird Care tare thrilled to partner with this fantastic initative this year.  Last year there were over 1,000-recorded events and this year we hope to have at least 1250 events and activities across Ireland, including Northern Ireland.

Positive Ageing Week Towns
In addition to the 1250 individual events expected to take place during the week, 15 towns have been selected to be PAW Towns, and they are: Arklow, Athy, Ballymun, Boyle, Cashel, Drogheda, Dublin city, Dundalk, Dungarvan, Galway city, Kinsale, Midleton, Sligo, Trim and Tullamore. Each town will host a week-long series of events.

What Can You do?
Age Action and Bluebird Care are asking individuals and groups to organise an event or activity to join in the festivities and celebrate that as a nation we are living longer and that ageing is not a burden but an opportunity!

Ideas for Activities and Events
What is so special about PAW is that there are no rules about the type of activity that can beorganised, except of course that it involves older people. The type of events held in 2011 included coffee mornings, afternoon tea dances and quiz nights, excursions, exhibitions, bridge tournaments and historic walks, workshops on arts and crafts, creative writing, computing and reminiscence, musical evenings, performances, choral recitals and sing songs, information talks on safety, nutrition, health and gardening, and a wide range of keep fit activities such as boules, golf, yoga, walks and aqua aerobics to name but a few.

Organise an Event
If you are interested in organising an activity or an event please go to the Age Action website and register your event online by pressing the red ‘Organising an Event’ button and completing the online PAW Reply Form. Once we receive your Reply Form we will add the details of your event to the National Calendar of Events which will be available on the Age Action website from mid September onwards. All events will be listed under the County in which it is taking place.

Print a Positive Ageing Week Poster You can print a Positive Ageing Week Poster to display at your event. There is a text box in the poster where the details of your event can be written.

Print a Positive Ageing Week Leaflet You can print Positive Ageing Week Leaflet to display at your event.

Attend an Event
If you would like to attend a Positive Ageing Week event, log onto www.ageaction.ie from mid September and check the National Calendar of Events to see if there is an event taking place in your area. The National Calendar of Events will be updated regularly until Friday 28 September, the start of Positive Ageing Week. Alternatively you can call Age Action on 01 475 6989 and we will tell you over the phone.

Positive Ageing Week is proudly supported by Bluebird Care.

If you have any queries or would like us send you a Positive Ageing Week information pack by post please contact Lorraine Murphy on lorraine.murphy@ageaction.ie or by phone 01 475 6989.