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Silver Surfer Awards 2017

Age Action together with new sponsor open eir are making waves to find Ireland’s top Silver Surfers. The awards celebrate and showcase older peoples’ use of the internet and technology as well as the volunteers who teach these skills. 

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This year they are looking for enthusiastic older people who have an interesting story to share about how they use their computer and the internet and who will become a role model to inspire more older people to embrace technology.

They are calling on people across Ireland to nominate a friend, neighbour or relative who uses technology for pleasure or as a way to enhance the quality of their life. 

The awards will be presented by broadcaster Baz Ashmawy and his mother Nancy on Tuesday 28 March at The eir Building, 1 Heuston South Quarter, St. John’s Road, Dublin 8.

This is the eighth year of the awards and there are five award categories as follows:

New to IT Award
An older person who is new to technology and has overcome challenges to become an IT user

Hobbies on the Net Award
An older person who uses the Internet to pursue their passion or hobby or who uses IT for communication and social networking

IT Tutor(s) of the Year
An individual volunteer or group of volunteers of any age who tutor older learners

Silver Surfer Award
An older person who embraces the Internet or technology with a sense of fun and adventure

Golden IT Award
An individual over the age of 80 who uses technology to enhance their life

The public can nominate someone for an award by filling in a form online at www.ageaction.ie/silversurfer or by phoning Anne-Marie in Age Action on 01 475 6989.

Bluebird Care Supports 2015 Positive Ageing Week

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.

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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.

Please complete the registration survey with details of your Positive Ageing Week event/activity by Friday 4th September 2015. Please click here for the link to register your event.

Should you require any further information please contact Age Action by phone on 01 475 6989 or by email at paw@ageaction.ie.

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

Helping Age Action’s Christmas Dreams Come True

As you would expect there were Christmas songs, Christmas jumpers, tinsel on every corner and donations all day long at Christmas FM on #DonationDay.  Christmas FM broadcasts for six weeks before and during the Christmas period and it is run by volunteers. #DonationDay was all in aid of Age Action who were trying to raise much-needed funds for their Care and Repair programme.

This valuable service was established by Age Action to help carry out minor repairs for older and vulnerable people free of charge, to give them access to reliable tradesmen for larger jobs and to provide a befriending service. The vision of the programme is to enable older and vulnerable people to remain in their own homes, in their own communities, living as independently as possible, through the improvement of their housing conditions and their level of comfort, security and well-being.

Niamh Hennelly, from Age Action West in Galway, with Niall Cassidy (left) who have taken the reins of today's Christmas FM fundraiser show, with Garvan Rigby (centre) in the Christmas FM studio. Photo Age Action Facebook Page.

Niamh Hennelly, from Age Action West in Galway, with Niall Cassidy (left) who have taken the reins of today’s Christmas FM fundraiser show, with Garvan Rigby (centre) in the Christmas FM studio. Photo Age Action Facebook Page.

So we decided to help out and to spur the public on to match our donation of €7,500 given in three tranches of €3,000, €3,000 and €1,500. And the public responded. Age Action raised a whopping €54,905.

 

The Irish Times visited the station to capture the festive spirit. Just click on the image below to watch the video.

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Bluebird Care Wexford Host Guess Who’s Coming to Tea

Come along on Friday 3rd October and you never know who might show up!

Bluebird Care in Wexford is inviting the local community to join them at Guess Who’s Coming to Tea on Friday 3rd October from 10.30am to 12noon at their offices at 6 Upper George’s Street, Wexford Town.

Guess Who’s Coming to Tea is a joint charity fundraiser being organised by the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and the older people’s charity Age Action as part of UN International Day of Older People on Wednesday 1st October and World Sight Day on Thursday 9th October and they are encouraging people to host tea parties at home or at work.

Director of Bluebird Care Michael Corcoran says, “An added attraction of hosting a tea party is that you might have a celebrity guest show up.” Bluebird Care is the main sponsor of Guess Who’s Coming to Team as well as sponsors of National Positive Ageing Week which runs from 1st – 9th October.

Age Action and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind are hoping to raise €100,000 which will be divided between both charities in order to help them continue offering the programmes and services we currently provide.

Register your tea party at www.guesswhoscomingtotea.ie