Positive Ageing Week 2015
Thursday 1 October to Friday 9 October 2015
Age Action invites you to participate in their national celebration Positive Ageing Week. Now in its 13th year, it begins on Thursday 1 October to mark UN International Day of Older Persons and ends on 9 October. The aim of this week is to emphasise the positive aspects of ageing for older people in Ireland and to celebrate the contribution which older people have made and continue to make in our communities.
This year, along with the many groups who are organising activities, we are also encouraging schools around the country to get involved. One of our programmes, Generations Together, is an exciting new initiative to support best practice in intergenerational relationships. The programme promotes inclusion and builds on the positive resources that different generations have to offer each other and those around them. We would be delighted if schools organised an event for their community in addition to the many other activities being organised by groups around the country.
Should you require any further information please contact Age Action by phone on 01 475 6989 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ideas for Activities and Events to celebrate the week
What is special about Positive Ageing Week is that there are no rules about the type of activity that can be organized, except of course that it involves older people and that it is enjoyable. The range of activities that have been organized in the past include:
Entertainment: Coffee Mornings, Social Evenings, Quiz Nights, Musical Afternoons,Traditional Music Sessions, Tea Dances, Variety Concerts, Choral Recitals, Ceilis.
Cultural: Historic Walks, Poetry Readings, Reminiscence Sessions, Art & Crafts Exhibitions,Historical Talks, Photographic Exhibitions.
Sport/Keep Fit: Fitness Sessions for older people, Family Fun Walk, Indoor Bowls, SeniorsGolf Tournament, Seniors Bowling Tournament, Bowling Training, Salsa Dancing, BallroomDancing, Tai Chi, Yoga and Aqua Aerobics.
Talks & Information Sessions: Security Talks, Information Days provided by local groups working with older people, Talk on Activity Programmes in Nursing Homes, Social Services Open Day, Talks on Rural Transport.
Excursions & Tours: Local visits to places of interest like County Homes and Gardens,Tours of Museums and Galleries, Mystery Tours
Workshops: Photography Workshops, Stress Management Workshops, Creative WritingWorkshop, Basket Weaving Workshop, An Introduction to Bridge Workshops.
Health: Nutrition Information Session, Holistic Therapy Day- specifically aimed at older people, Healthy Eating Sessions.
Spirituality: Inter-denominational Service, Mass & Sermons on Positive Ageing in local churches.
Social: Book Reviewing, Bumper Bingo, Active Retirement Groups Open Days for non-members.
Gardening: Bulb Planting, Park Clean-ups
Inter-generational: Older People’s Groups and Transition Year Students