“Ageing in Place” is the theme for Positive Ageing Week which takes place from Monday 30thSeptember through to Sunday 6th October 2019 and Age Action is calling on Tipperary communities to organise events during that week.
Positive Ageing Week (PAW) is an Age Action initiative which is now in its 17th year. The focus is on community-based events, organised by groups and individuals throughout Ireland, and national events organised by Age Action and its partners.
Positive Ageing Week is about celebrating the older people in our lives and highlighting the contribution they make to our families and our communities. It coincides with UN International Day of Older People which is on Tuesday 1st October.
“Ageing in Place is about ensuring older people remain active, engaged, and valued in their communities. It’s about people having choices and control over their lives regardless of age, income or ability “, says Billy O’Keeffe, Programme Manager, Age Action. “We all need to think about where and how we wish to live as we age and start planning for this. We want older people to have a choice about where they age. PAW is an opportunity to promote and inform a life course approach to housing and home care supports enabling older people to remain part of their community. We need to ensure older people have access to the services and resources they require to remain at home safely, in comfort and with dignity. Local events can showcase engagement by older people in their local community organisations.”
“Last year there were over 350 events throughout the country during Positive Ageing Week,” Billy continues, “we are asking individuals and groups in Tipperary to organise and register an activity or event which highlights and celebrates the older people in our lives and the contribution they make to our families and our communities.”
Positive Ageing Week is divided into two strands:
PAW Community Events
Events can be organised by Active Retirement Groups; Nursing Homes; Community Resource Centres; Sports Partnerships; County Councils; Care Organisations; Libraries; Theatres, Galleries, Museums, Schools; Clubs, Societies and Associations for older people. In addition, businesses can support the week by offering discounts for older people.
A variety of events take place every year, such as: Computers for the Terrified; Knitting Parties; Singing for Wellbeing; Exhibitions; Performances; Rolling & Bowling Workshops; Memoir Writing Classes; Historical and Forest Walks; Excursions, Dancercise and Chair Zumba; Scrabble, Chess, Bridge and Boggle Clubs; Coffee Mornings; Afternoon Tea Dances and Ceol agus Craic Evenings, etc.
For Positive Ageing Week Age Action is transforming its shop, on Camden Street in Dublin, into a Positive Ageing Hub with the following themes each day:
Monday Ageing in Place
Tuesday International Day of Older People
Wednesday Wellbeing Wednesday
Thursday Thursday Thoughtfulness
Friday Fun Friday!
If you are travelling or have family or friends in the Dublin area they can find details of the daily schedule on www.positiveageingweek.com
Registering your PAW event:
For event ideas or to register an event visit www.positiveageingweek.com
or telephone 01 475 6989