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Francis Brennan launches Positive Ageing Week with ‘Senior Safari’ in Dublin Zoo

Published 22/08/2016

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The 14th Positive Ageing Week was launched this morning by celebrity hotelier, Francis Brennan, who hosted a ‘Senior Safari’ in Dublin Zoo. The event takes place from 26 September to 2 October and is supported by Bank of Ireland. 

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Age Action, said: “Right across the country it’s often older people who are the glue that keeps communities together, active in local residents associations, raising money for local charities or simply passing on the benefit of their experience in local sports clubs.

“Positive Ageing Week is about challenging the image of older people as having nothing more to offer and celebrating everything they contribute so why not get together and organise your own Positive Ageing Week event?

“There are already loads of events planned with dancing, football blitzes and aqua aerobics for those with energy to burn and for those taking a more relaxed approach, coffee mornings, bingo and mystery tours and cinema trips.”

Francis Brennan and friends launching Positive Ageing Week with a senior safari at Dublin Zoo
Francis Brennan and friends launching Positive Ageing Week with a senior safari at Dublin Zoo.

Digi Hour

As a part of the week long events Bank of Ireland in conjunction with Age Action will champion Digi Hour, a new initiative to encourage older people to get online. 

Speaking about the initiative, Antoinette Golden, Head of Seniors Banking said: “On Thursday, 29 September at 8pm we are urging everyone to reach out to a friend, neighbour or family member and show them just one of the benefits of getting online.

“Tell your mum why Instagram is so great or show your uncle how to Skype your cousin in Australia. We’re delighted to support Positive Ageing Week which is a fantastic nationwide initiative.”

A constantly updated list of events is available where organisers can also register their own event.

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A Fair Society for All? Listening to the Voices of Older People

Often, inequalities experienced by older people reflect an accumulated disadvantage which can be as a result of factors such as socio-economic status, health, gender, location. How existing inequalities impact on us as we age is something we in Age Action explored through a panel discussion 10 September – A Fair Society For All? Listening to the Voice of Older People – in Croke Park, on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting 2019.

An audience of over 160 people, including members of Age Action and people working in the ageing sector, joined the conversatoin which included a panel disucssion moderated by the CEO Paddy Connolly. The discussion centred on a discussion paper, Equality for All - Older People for Equality, published by Age Action in advance.The  panel set the scene with inputs from Michael Taft, Economist and political economy columnist, Colette Bennett, Policy Analyst Social Justice Ireland, Deirdre Garvey, CEO The Wheel, Ailbhe Smith, Co-Director of Together for Yes.