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Hundreds of Events Organised to mark Positive Ageing Week 30 September to 6 October - Ageing in Place

Published 26/09/2019

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At Age Action one of our flagship events is Positive Ageing Week (PAW) which celebrates ageing and the contribution and agency of older people. It takes place this year from Sun 30th Sept – Sat 6th October 2019.  Ageing in Place is the theme for PAW 2019 which is about ensuring that people having choice and control over where and how they age; central to achieving this goal is the creation of age friendly environments, including support services, which enable people to remain in their own homes and communities for longer.

This year, Age Action is transforming its shop, on Camden Street in Dublin, into the first Positive Ageing Hub with speakers and events open to the public which will encourage dialogue on what it means to grow old in Ireland and what policies and practices are required to help us to age in place.

During Positive Ageing Week we celebrate United Nations International Day of Older Persons on 1 October which this year focuses on the Journey to Equality. The 2019 theme is aligned with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10 and will focus on pathways of coping with existing and preventing future old age inequality.  SDG 10 sets to reduce inequality within and among countries and aims to “ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome,” including through measures to eliminate discrimination, and to “empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.”

In addition to the Positive Ageing Hub, over 100 events are being organised at local level 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. You can find an event near you by checking positiveageingweek.com

 

Join The Conversation at the Positive Ageing Hub

Events at the Positive Ageing Hub in our store at 30/31 Camden Street Lower are open to the public and will encourage dialogue on what it means to grow old in Ireland and what policies and practices are required to help people to age in place.  Highlights include talks from: David Gough, Ireland’s first ‘out’ GAA referee; an interview with bestselling author Claudia Carroll; Professor Des O’Neill, Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine; historian Donal Fallon; the Housing Agency’s David Silke who states  “housing is the key to positive ageing “ and Sabina Brennan’s “Top Tips for Brain Health.” We acknolwedge the support of partners working to support older people and raise awareness of the needs of our ageing population particularly  Alone, Sage Advocacy and the Alzheimer's Society who will host events in the Positive Ageing Hub.

We, at Age Action, would love to see you next week – drop by at any stage or if you would like to book a place then check out https://positiveageingweek.com/positive-ageing-hub/

 

Positive Ageing Hub Schedule 30th Sept – 4th Oct:

 

Monday            Ageing in Place 

11:00 - Karl Duff, Assistant Principal Officer, Department of Health, “The Positive Ageing Strategy; evidence, policy and the role of stakeholders.”

            11:30 - Sean Moynihan, CEO – ALONE

12:00 - David Silke, Director of Research & Corporate Affairs, Housing Agency, “Housing is key to positive ageing.”

            12:30 – Eileen O’Callaghan, Regional Manager, Sage Advocacy, “Planning ahead to age in place.”

            16:00 - Bank of Ireland Financial Wellbeing & Ava Housing www.boi.com/positive-ageing-week/

 

Tuesday            UN International Day of Older People – theme: “The Journey to Age Equality”

13.00 - Highlighting the LGBT Champions Programme which trains healthcare staff working with older people who identify as LGBTIQ+

Voices of Older LGBT – Video Screening
Guest Speakers:

  •  David Gough, Ireland’s first ‘out’ GAA referee 
  • Elaine Howard, MS Atlantic Fellow Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin
  •                    4pm - Concern Café An intergenerational (and interactive) workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday     Wellbeing Wednesday

11:00 - Siel Bleu Exercise Class

11:30 - Des O'Neill, Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine and Professor in Medical Gerontology, Tallaght Hospital and Trinity College Dublin - ‘Keeping Well from Mid Life to Later Life’

            12:30 - Tina Leonard, Alzheimer's Society – “Dementia – Myth Busting”

            13:00 – Interview with author Claudia Carroll

Also:

              1-2-1 screenings with nurse from Irish Heart Foundation

                           Thursday         

Thursday Thoughts & Talks

   11:00 - Sabina Brennan, Trinity College Dublin - on “Top Tips for Brain Health”

              12:30 - Donal Fallon – Dublin City Historian

              13.30   Supt Kevin Daly, Garda Community Engagement & Public Safety Bureau

  15:00   Silver Threads - Gathering Memories & Celebrating Stories of older people.

 

Friday                Film Friday!

     11.00   IFI Archive – With over 600 digital items and 15 different collections the IFI Archive collection spans 1897 to the present day.

     12noon Dr. Sarah Culhane - Irish Cinema Audiences Project, Cinema going memories from 1950s in Ireland

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Did Budget 2020 Take Steps Towards a Fairer Society for an Ageing Population?

 

The Government's Budget 2020 choices did not include measures to address the inequalities faced by older people living in Ireland who are family members and contributors to our communities. Budget 2020 did not offer the majority of older people the support they need to meet the rising cost of living that is anticipated by the impacts of Brexit and it did not offer a concrete plan to support us to age in place.

 

Equality for older people requires the re-distribution of resources; power and influence; status and standing; and respect.  While the Government has increased some secondary benefits with the view to targeting people in the most vulnerable situations, which is a sensible approach, it has to be acknowledged that if people had adequate income to meet the true cost of ageing, they would be able to have choice over how to spend their money to best meet their specific needs.

The net affect of Budget 2020 on the income of older person headed households is;

  • Those under 80 and living with another person are €1.08 better off per week following Budget 2020 and have seen a weekly increase of €11.68 since 2009

 

  • For those under 80 and living alone, they are €6.08 better off per week following Budget 2020, and have seen a weekly increase of €20.48 on 2009 income

 

  • For those over 80 and living with another person, their weekly income has risen by €1.08 in Budget 2020, and €11.68 since 2009

 

  • For those over 80 and living alone, they are better off by €6.08 per week following Budget 2020, and €20.48 since 2009.

 

Some people who are over 80 are people in the most vulnerable situations in our society with no capacity to increase their income while dealing with the increasing cost of ageing. A person over 80, not living alone, received €1.08 per week to cope with Brexit, the carbon tax increase and the rising cost of living in 2020. It is on the backs of these people that our economy has been built: these are the same women and men who lived through the Marriage Bar, shouldered several recessions and are now dealing with the accumulated disadvantages. In working for equality, it is critical that we focus on equality of outcomes not just equality of opportunity.