'We want to banish the outdated stereotypes... older people are Skypers and Facebookers' - Age Action
One Dublin school hosted arguably its most diligent students ever yesterday when it held ‘Bring Your Grandparent’ Day.
Some 120 people – young and old – came together for a social media session at Scoil Mhuire, Marino yesterday, as part of Positive Ageing week.
Students and their grandparents were all action with computer games, selfies, and social media posts for the special media session.
Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Age Action, said: “We want to banish the outdated stereotypes about older people in Ireland. They’re workers and business owners. They’re skypers and Facebookers. They play sports and run marathons."
"They look after their grandchildren and they share their wisdom with the next generation."
Social media star James Kavanagh added: “My Mum is a very youthful 65 year-old and has embraced technology; she is very active on Snapchat and Instagram and is great role model for older people."
There are over 370 events taking place across the country this week. Bank of Ireland Positive Ageing Week runs until 1st October.
James Kavanagh added: "That’s what Positive Ageing Week is about – we’re celebrating the older people in our communities who are role models for all of us, regardless of age.”