Thousands are expected at Age-Friendly business fair
THOUSANDS of local people are expected to attend the Age-Friendly Business Consumer Fair at Darver Castle on Sunday, October 6.
Louth is Ireland's first age-friendly county, and a multitude of business and services for older people will be on display at the second annual fair.
Huge crowds attended last year's inaugural event, which struck a chord in presenting an array of innovative products and services that will enhance and secure our lives as we live longer.
The special guest on the day will be businessman Gavin Duffy, star of RTÉ's Dragons' Den and chairman of the Louth Age-Friendly Business Forum.
'This fair got off to an amazing start last year, with more than 3,000 people attending, and businesses reporting massive interest in what is a hugely growing sector,' said Gavin.
'The Age-Friendly Business Consumer Fair is a flagship example of how the innovations coming out of our wee county are shaping our future.
'Many businesses have tailored products towards an age-friendly market in Louth so we now have chairobics in your home, age-friendly meals in hotels and frail elderly parking spaces.
'These are just a small sample of the products, services and offers that have come on stream recently.
'Two amazing things about this day are the feel-good factor and the huge spread of age groups that attend.'
On the day, 50 age-friendly business exhibitors as well as leading figures from caring and support services, technology, finance, fashion and law will be on hand to give advice and provide valuable information.
The fair is supported by the Louth Age-Friendly County Initiative, Age-Friendly Business Forum, Older People's Forum, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Ardee Traders Association.
It will be officially opened by Gavin Duffy in the presence of Minister Fergus O'Dowd, and musical entertainment on the day will be provided by traditional Irish band Glasheen.
The event comes at the climax of a wonderful age-friendly year for the county, according to Mary Deery, Louth Age-Friendly County co-ordinator.
'Even since last year, we have seen a huge increase in businesses working with us and recognising the value in tailoring products and services to older people.
Admission is free and the event takes place between 12 noon and 5pm.