The key role which older people play helping their families and communities will be among the themes celebrated across Ireland in the coming days as part of Age Action’s Positive Ageing Week.
The week begins on September 27 and runs until October 5. This year the festival marks its 11th anniversary with the biggest celebration yet. Supported by sponsors by Bluebird Care, over 1,000 events are expected to take place across the island – north and south.
“The purpose of the week is to show that ageing is not something to fear, but something to celebrate,” Age Action chief executive Robin Webster explained. “It is an opportunity for older people to enjoy themselves and for communities to recognise the contribution which older people have made, and continue to make, in their localities – especially at this time of austerity. Older people are playing key roles in our communities as volunteers, parents and grandparents, and experienced workers to help their communities through these difficult times.”
Positive Ageing Week is only possible because of the sponsorship provided by Bluebird Care. “Much of our work involves helping older people live with dignity in their own homes, and so we are delighted to be part of this national celebration of positive ageing,” Bluebird Care Director of Operations Eddie O’Toole said.
The national celebration begins on Thursday night (September 26) at the National Concert Hall when members of the Blow the Dust Off Your Trumpet group of older musicians team up with members of the National Youth Orchestra to perform a special concert.
This will be followed by a national conference on September 27 to highlight the major impact which Age Action’s Care and Repair DIY and home visitation service is making to the lives of older people. Last year its volunteers carried out 19,500 jobs. It is a vital support to keep older people living independently in their own homes. Groups providing the service and those interested in joining or funding the programme will gather to exchange experiences during this day-long conference, sponsored by Hidden Hearing;
The week will be supported by 14 Positive Ageing Week towns which will run week-long series of events. The towns are: Arklow; Ballymun; Boyle; Cashel; Drogheda; Dublin; Dundalk; Dungarvan; Galway; Kinsale; Midleton; Sligo; Trim; and Tullamore.
In addition hundreds of communities across the country are marking the week in their own way. The line up of events taking place around the country ranges from concerts and gala balls, to yoga sessions, mystery tours, historical walks and cookery demonstrations.
Mr Webster appealed to the general public and local communities to support their local events. “All the preparations are complete and all that is now needed is for communities to rally around and support the events which have been organised,” he said.
For full details of events around Ireland visit www.ageaction.ie or phone 01-4756989, 9.30 to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Also keep track of the fun around the country by following Age Action on Facebook and Twitter.