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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.

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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Call for Voices of Older People to be Heard

Age Action welcomes relaxation of some cocooning measures but criticises lack of consultation with older people.

 

 

(1 May) Age Action called for the Government to consult with older people as it plans for the longer-term impacts of Covid-19. To date, public health and Government advice has treated the over 70 age cohort as one. As a single age cohort people over the age of 70 have been subject to public health measures but not enabled to participate in the decision-making process that would ensure that their lived experience and their self-identified needs informs the outcome.