With colourful bunting up and balloons adorning many venues around the town, Tullamore is ready to celebrate Positive Ageing Week, Ireland’s largest celebration of ageing.
Positive Ageing Week officially runs from September 28 to October 6 nationwide, and Tullamore is one of 15 towns in Ireland participating in the festival this year, each of which will run a series of community-based events throughout the week, to celebrate the contribution older people make in their communities.
With an estimated 1,250 events expected to take place across Ireland, north and south, this year is set to be the biggest Positive Ageing Week to date and is also the 10th anniversary of the festival.
More than ten events will take place in Tullamore to mark Positive Ageing Week, including a Positive Ageing Networking event from 2pm - 5pm on Wednesday, October 3 in the Darmagh Community Centre, Clontarf road. This event will mark the official launch of the festival in Tullamore and will include information on standard bank accounts, Saorview and will be followed by music and dance.
Other exciting events include
Monday, October 1: Positive Ageing Networking Afternoon from 2pm - 5pm in The Cabin, Edenderry, including information on Saorview, a Go for Life Games demonstration, and a Boccia demonstration-and-try session.
Friday, October 5: Introduction to Skype Workshop from 2pm-5pm in the West Offaly Training Crank House, Banagher. This workshop will help older people learn how to keep in touch with family and friends around the world. Booking is essential and can be made by phoning Michael McKeown on 057 915 2003.
For a full schedule of events in Tullamore, phone Declan Costello on 087 699 1226 or Molly Buckley on 087 2914 302. Alternatively you can contact Age Action on www.ageaction.ie or phone 01 475 6989.
“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.”