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Claudia Carroll. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Claudia Carroll. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Claudia Carroll. Photo: Gerry Mooney

‘Ageing in place’ is the theme for this year’s Positive Ageing Week which means the creation of age-friendly environments, including the provision of support services locally, which enable people to have a choice to remain in their homes and communities for longer.

One of this year’s main highlights is set to be a “Positive Ageing Hub” which will open on Monday and run to October 6 in Age Action HQ on Camden Street where a variety of themed events and talks will be held to celebrate ageing and the contribution of older people.

Speakers and events include Prof Des O’Neill on maintaining health in older age; the Housing Agency on smart housing for older people; interviews with authors Claudia Carroll and Sabina Brennan; a professional exercise class; blood pressure screenings from the Irish Heart Foundation; talks on options for accommodation choices for older people and much more.

Paddy Connolly, CEO Age Action, says: “This is the 17th year of Positive Ageing Week but our first ever Positive Ageing Hub. It is a community hub, a place for people to gather to have a conversation about ageing, to hear from people working on issues to do with ageing and to share ideas, stories and information about how we might better age in place in Ireland. These events are free and are open to everyone.”

Events at the Positive Ageing Hub include:

Monday: Ageing in Place

Speakers include: David Silke, Director of Research & Corporate Affairs, Housing Agency; Karl Duff, Assistant Principal Officer, Department of Health Sage Advocacy representative.

Tuesday: International Day of Older People

LGBT Champions Programme aimed at healthcare staff for older LGBT people

Concern: Intergenerational (and interactive) workshop on Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday: Health & Well-being Wednesday

Speakers include: Prof Des O’Neill, Geriatrician on ‘Keeping Well from Mid Life to Later Life’

1-2-1 screenings with the Irish Heart Foundation

Thursday:  Thursday Thoughts & Talks

Speakers include: Sabina Brennan, Founding Director, Trinity Brain Health on “100 Days to a Younger Brain”; author Claudia Carroll interview

Friday: Film Friday

IFI Archive; presentation of diverse and interesting collections from IFI

Dr Sarah Culhane; Irish Cinema Audiences Project, Cinema going memories from 1950s in Ireland

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