Positive Ageing Week (28 September – 2 October 2020), is an opportunity to show our appreciation to older people in our lives and to reach out to those who may be feeling lonely or isolated at this time of ongoing public health guidelines to limit our social contacts.
This week, a number of agencies in Galway have come together to bring to light the many people of older age who epitomise healthy, positive ageing and are active in their families and communities. It is a chance to celebrate the enormous contribution of older people to our family life, our neighbourhoods and our communities.
There are a number of events and initiatives taking place across Galway city and county during Positive Ageing Week. For example, Galway Art Club members have created some beautiful – and some cheeky! – paintings in honour of Positive Ageing Week, which can be viewed in the windows of Age Action (3, Francis Street, Galway).
Those receiving meals from COPE Galway’s Community Catering will receive some surprise visitors and a goody bag during the week, and the Galway tourist train has put on some extra tours for some older people and their young buddies.
On Thursday (International Day of Older Persons, October 1st) Galway 2020 is bringing a number of pop-up musical performances to older people’s residential settings across Galway city and county.
Follow the hashtag #PositiveAgeingGalway on social media for more information and to publicise your own events. Local media and social media will showcase people in the city & county who are active and engaged across our communities along with some letters of thanks from children to their grandparents or older people who are significant to them in their lives. You can also use the hashtag to post your appreciation for an older person in your area who actively contributes to your local neighbourhood or community.
Popular TV presenter and now novelist, Richard Osman, has put the ethos of positive ageing succinctly in his new novel, The Thursday Murder Club:
“We are obsessed with young people, but people in their 70s have identical brains to those in their 50s or their 30s. Our circumstances change and our physicality changes and we have a great deal more experience, but we’re still as mischievous and interested and sparky as we always were.”
While any day is a good day to thank people for what they do for others, Positive Ageing Week gives us a chance to remember the active older people in our communities who mean so much to us.
Agencies involved in Galway :
COPE Galway, Galway Contact, Age Action, Westside Age Inclusion, Croi Na Gaillimh, St Vincent de Paul, Galway City Partnership, Community Guards, Galway Rural Development, Galway City and County Councils, Galway Age Friendly and many more
Further information: Colette Coughlan, COPE Galway – 091 778750