Newry and Mourne hosts the third Positive Ageing Week running from the 6th to the 10th of October 2014
01/10/2014Positive Ageing Week is about celebrating and reaching out to everyone over 50, particularly those who are more vulnerable, and encouraging them to get involved in the events that are taking place across Newry & Mourne. The focus of the week is to promote the positive aspects of growing old and to help older people make connections in their local communities, and recognising the valuable contribution community and voluntary organisations make to improve the health and wellbeing of older people.
Positive Ageing Week 2014 was launched on Friday 26th September in Newry Market, where local voluntary, community and statutory sector partners provided a range of information regarding existing services.
There are over 50 events taking place throughout the district including, bowls, male health checks, tea dances, pitch and putt, woodworking workshop, IT classes, Movie Matinees hosted in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre Newry, and much much more. You can come along to any of the events to get a taster of some of the activities that are happening in your local community. Download our ‘Calendar of Events’. Many local businesses are offering discounts during that week.
Councillor Daíre Hughes, Mayor of Newry & Mourne District Council speaking at the launch said “ One thing we all have in common is that we are all getting older. By 2020 the number of people over 75 years will increase by 40%, and therefore it is important to encourage active citizenship, and volunteering throughout the community. Thankfully, along with the increase in life expectancy we are also healthier and independent for longer. We need to pay more attention to the needs of older people when we are providing services, designing buildings or organising events. As a Council we recognise that older people are valuable contributors within the family, the wider community and society at large”.
Mairead McAlinden, Chief Executive of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust speaking at the launch said “The aim of Positive Ageing Week is to address any negative perceptions that surround ageing and to transform attitudes towards ageing and older people. We need to celebrate the fact that we are living longer, that ageing is not a burden but an opportunity. In the Southern Trust we are committed to working with older people and our partners to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in our area. Positive Ageing Week is a great example of how, through working with our partners in community, voluntary organisations and business sectors to improve people’s lifestyles and make Newry and Mourne area a great place to grow older”.
Positive Ageing Week has been jointly organised by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Newry and Mourne District Council, Newry and Mourne Senior Citizen’s Consortium, Volunteer Now, Newry University of the Third Age, and the Confederation of Community Groups. Financial and in kind support has been provided by the partners, including support from volunteers across the district.