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Bluebird Care Kerry/West Cork Takes Flight

The team at Bluebird Care in Kerry will take flight in a charity skydive on Saturday the 13th of June in aid of Ian’s Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.

Office Administrator, Carly O’Donovan, Office Manager, Trish Kavanagh and Care Supervisor, Brandy Frizuki will be taking on the charity challenge.

Kerry:West Cork Charity Skydive

Carly O’Donovan says, “Doing a charity skydive has been on my bucket list for some time. We are all too often reminded of how short our time is and I figured if I don’t start crossing things off my list in the hope of having great, unforgettable, fun moments, I would end up regretting the things I was never brave enough to try.”

The challenge has been extended to all Bluebird Care Offices across Ireland. Money raised will go to two charities. Firstly Ian’s Trust a wonderful charity who support families with children who have suffered an Acquired Brain Injury. The second is The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, a national charity who work across the country providing dementia specific services and supports and advocating for the rights and needs of all people living with dementia.

The jump will take place in Kilkenny on Saturday the 13th of June.

To make a donation you can send a draft/cheque form payable to either of the named charities. Send donations to Fairies Cross Medical Centre, Clounalour, Oak Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

 

“Recycled Teenagers” in Kerry Debate Growing Old in Ireland

80 people joined Broadcaster George Hook in The Malton Hotel, Killarney to debate growing old in Ireland. With our population rising and figures projecting 800,000 people over the age of 65 by 2021, Bluebird Care hosted an event to discuss planning for an ageing population.

Photos by Don McMonagle

View all photos from the event here

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

 

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The crowd at An EngAGEment with Bluebird Care in The Malton Hotel Killarney

The main issues debated were community policing with Sgt. Jim Foley and Diarmuid Cronin of Muintir Na Tire; Social engagement and active ageing with Peter Kavanagh, Active Retirement Ireland and Philip O’Reilly, Respond Housing; and the impact of austerity on older people by Eamon Timmins of Age Action and Susie Hall from the Alliance of Retired Public Servants.

Some of the key issues raised were:

  • Middle class families are being hurt by austerity and are facing homelessness and are leaning on elderly parents for financial, childcare and even housing supports according to Philip O’Reilly of Respond Housing.
  • When you turn 65 your input into society should not end – age is merely a number and social interaction is vital after retirement. Studies show that you are 4-7 times more likely to have a stroke or a heart attack in the first year after retirement so social interaction and activity is vital. Studies have also shown that minding your mental health and keeping your brain active can reduce incidences of dementia according to Peter Kavanagh of Active Retirement Ireland.
  • Age Action reported that the Government are considering altering the Free Travel Scheme for over 65’s in this year’s budget. Age Action are lobbying Government on this trying to prevent any negative changes.
  • Susie Hall of the Alliance of Retired Public Servants said the Government have hit the most vulnerable in society with their austerity measures. Older people should not have to suffer as they have spent a lifetime paying taxes and giving service to the state.
  • Diarmuid Cronin of Muintir na Tire said older people should look at all risks relating to home security. He also encouraged them to consider getting a social alarm that is monitored 24/7/365.
  • Sgt. Jim Foley spoke about simple ways to protect your home like securing windows and doors, cutting overhanging trees and hedging and lighting up your house and outdoors to prevent intruders.
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Eamon Timmins, Age Action & Susie Hall, Retired Public Servants Association

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Diarmuid Cronin, Muintir na Tire and Sgt Jim Foley, Crime Prevention Officer discuss community policing and home security with George Hook

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Philip O’Reilly, Respond Housing and Peter Kavanagh Active Retirement Ireland discuss social inclusion, active ageing and housing with George Hook

One audience member, 93 year old Bernie McMonagle declared, “In Kerry we don’t like to be referred to as senior citizens, we rather ‘recycled teenagers.’ This set the positive tone for the evening which will feature in an online video shared on bluebirdcare.ie.

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Gerard Mannix and Bernie McMonagle with George Hook

Saturday Sports Day – Kerry

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The Special Olympics World Games were hosted in Ireland 10 years ago. To mark the occasion Bluebird Care has launched a nationwide fundraising campaign which will see them challenge their Directors, Managers and staff to do ‘Summit for the Weekend’ all in aid of Special Olympics Ireland.

“18 offices. 18 challenges. One Target. Because no challenge is insurmountable when it comes to the Special Olympics Ireland athletes,” says Eddie O’Toole, Operations Director with Bluebird Care.

Bluebird Care Kerry has decided to take on the Fundraising challenge by hosting a Saturday Sports Day on Saturday September 21st from 9.20 am until 6.30 pm. A Family filled sports day for adults and the kids. Mum and Dad can join free classes and get expert advice from our partners BTS Fitness, while the kids keep fit on our bouncy castle and our sports day circuits. Entrance fee €5. Drinks, food and lots of fun guaranteed.

Bluebird Care is inviting the people of Kerry to take part with all funds raised going Special Olympics Ireland. You can come on your own, with a team from work or as a family. Sponsorship cards are available from Bluebird Care Kerry.

For more information call Business Manager Marc de Courcy on (066) 7104015 or email kerrywestcork@bluebirdcare.ie

Bluebird Care proudly supporting Special Olympics Ireland