Saturday 18 August 2018

'We want to banish the outdated stereotypes... older people are Skypers and Facebookers' - Age Action

Pictured at the Bank of Ireland Digi Arrows ‘bring your Grandparent’ to a social media session at Scoil Mhuire, Marino was from leftJohn and Sally Cotter (who's grandson Ruairi is in the class, not pictured) surrounded by 6th class students from Social Mhuire ,Marino while playing a playstation. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Pictured at the Bank of Ireland Digi Arrows ‘bring your Grandparent’ to a social media session at Scoil Mhuire, Marino was from leftJohn and Sally Cotter (who's grandson Ruairi is in the class, not pictured) surrounded by 6th class students from Social Mhuire ,Marino while playing a playstation. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Pictured at the Bank of Ireland Digi Arrows ‘bring your Grandparent’ to a social media session at Scoil Mhuire, Marino was from left Maurice Flynn; with Jamie Williams; Daniel Kelly;Luke Hedin;Xabi Sheridan. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Pictured at the Bank of Ireland Digi Arrows ‘bring your Grandparent’ to a social media session at Scoil Mhuire, Marino was from left Lily Flynn, their grandson Joseph Connolly (11); and Maurice Flynn. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

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Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Age Action, said: “We want to banish the outdated stereotypes about older people in Ireland.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.”

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